Planning Issues


Reside Developments: 48 houses at Portsmouth Wood Close (now being pursued by Crudace)We still await a detailed planning application for 48 houses off High Beech Lane, a scheme that received outline planning permission despite a history of land instability and flooding in that area. We will work to see these issues addressed fully when the application materialises.

Haywards Heath Golf CourseRather than simply applying for planning permission, the would-be developers seem to have adopted the tactic of attempting to have this site included in the District Council’s next list of sites officially allocated for development. This would effectively grant permission in principle for large-scale house building. We expect a public consultation on site allocations this summer. It will be very important at that stage for residents to object to including this site on the Council’s list.


Heavy Goods Vehicles. We, as well as other concerned residents, continue to lobby West Sussex County Council to restrict the intolerable levels of HGV traffic rat running through Lindfield. The Council refused to act on our detailed proposal of 2016, which would have banned HGV’s from minor roads (except for access) across the district. Local residents, with our support, are now pursuing the more limited objective of at least banning them from Lewes Road between Gravelye Land and the High Street (except for access).  This would largely remove the temptation for hauliers to use Lindfield as a short cut to sites farther east. Again West Sussex County Council is resisting, but we will persist.

Tavistock And Summerhill School, Summerhill Lane Lindfield

The site of Tavistock and Summerhill School was subject to a highly inappropriate proposal for large blocks of flats that was withdrawn last year following widespread opposition. A subsequent application for 38 units is now under review. The new proposal remains, in our view, a transparently speculative attempt to overdevelop and urbanise the site and we have registered our opposition.

Previous proposed erection of 38 residential dwellings comprising 4 houses and 34 flats with associated internal access, surface-level car parking, landscaping with other infrastructure.

The Society is preparing a formal Representation to MSDC, objecting to the scale and design of this planning application. 

1 An array of blocks of flats is an alien, urban design concept that is entirely out of keeping with the rest of Lindfield’s built environment. The proposal therefore falls foul of both District and Village Plan policies that require respect for the character of an area.
The applicant’s “Design and Access Statement” makes much of how “less bad” this iteration is than their first attempt, but what has gone before is irrelevant. The current proposal must stand or fall on its own merits.

2 The bulk, scale and mass of three-storey blocks of flats situated on high ground will necessarily overlook surrounding houses, creating an overbearing effect and causing loss of privacy. The application is full of internal views, but none attempting to show a lack of impact on nearby neighbours.

3 The shameful absence of any affordable housing is in itself reason enough to reject the scheme. The applicant’s self-serving “Viability Report” offers only their arbitrary target of 20% minimum profit margin as justification. It is unclear how prices ranging from c. £300 – 800 K would do much for people in need of lower-cost housing.

This application was discussed at the Public Meeting held by Lindfield Parish Council on 19 February 2019 where strong objections were voiced. 
The essence of the Society’s objections are shown above. 
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Campaign to stop heavy goods vehicles

We, as well as other concerned residents, continue to lobby West Sussex County Council to restrict the intolerable levels of HGV traffic rat running through Lindfield. The Council refused to act on our detailed proposal of 2016, which would have banned HGV’s from minor roads (except for access) across the district. Local residents, with our support, are now pursuing the more limited objective of at least banning them from Lewes Road between Gravelye Land and the High Street (except for access).  This would largely remove the temptation for hauliers to use Lindfield as a short cut to sites farther east. Again West Sussex County Council is resisting, but we will persist.