Issue 11, January 2018


District Plan Hearing

Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore, who is examining the Mid Sussex District Plan, has arranged a public hearing for Monday 5 February to discuss the possible inclusion of a site for the development of 500 new homes in Hassocks.

The District Plan must identify a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing against their housing requirements. At the end of the last public examination in July 2017 the Inspector recognised that the Mid Sussex District Plan had a 5 year housing land supply but asked Mid Sussex District Council to look at options to strengthen it and make the housing land supply more comfortable in the immediate future.

The Council considered a number of options, including a proposed allocation for a strategic site in Hassocks and this was presented to the Independent Inspector for consideration as part of the Council’s Main Modifications document.

The hearing will discuss why the Hassocks site has been chosen to strengthen the 5 year land supply in Mid Sussex. The Inspector will explore the proposed development’s relationship to the village, the scale of development, the availability of local facilities, infrastructure, the landscape setting and how the proposal fits with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. The inspector will then decide if this site should be allocated for development.





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