Issue 17 January 2020

Matters

Northern Arc construction to begin this spring

Northern Arc MasterplanThe construction of the first Northern Arc homes at Freeks Farm, and the supporting bridge and link road which will connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm, is expected to begin this spring.

Homes England has appointed Countryside Properties to build 460 new homes at Freeks Farm, including 30% affordable. Public open space and a new play area will also be delivered along with cycle and pedestrian routes connecting the site to the local area.

In the West of the site, Homes England has submitted a planning application for a new link road and associated roundabouts. This will tie into the A2300 corridor improvement scheme being promoted by West Sussex County Council. Subject to planning consent, work on the link road is expected to start in summer 2020 and will see Homes England commit £6.5 million to this key piece of infrastructure.

Mid Sussex District Council is delighted that Homes England decided to manage this development because, unlike private developments, they can maximise the amount of infrastructure that’s delivered for the local community and ensure it’s delivered alongside the new homes.

Homes England released the first of many quarterly progress updates for the Northern Arc project last week and it was great to see new roads, cycle paths, schools, medical facilities and the centre for community sport are all planned as part of Phase One of the development.

The update is available online at https://burgesshill.net/perch/resources/admin/200110-a4newsletterv2.pdf 

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

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Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and at www.recycleforwestsussex.org/