Lindfield Society is committed to the preservation, sympathetic development

and improvement of public amenity or historic interest in the village.


ince 1961 we have worked with Parish Councils and other national and local organisations, scrutinising local planning applications and advising and supporting residents affected by planning decisions.



s we move forward through the 2020s, planning restrictions will become slackened. It will become increasingly important for the Society to remain vigilant and active on behalf of Lindfield residents, to protect the intrinsic character and sense of community which makes our village a very special place to live, for young and old alike.


The Society’s involvement with the village includes organising several illustrated Talks through the year, held at King Edward Hall. The accomplished speakers cover an intriguing range of topics, from Pirates, Policing, to Art Nouveau architecture. These are open to all and free of charge.

Our Conservation & Design Awards acknowledge the efforts of individual residents who undertake home extensions and renovations, using sensitive design that enhances the property and retains the character of the village.

We launched the village Heritage Trail, in co-operation with the History Study Group, to commemorate the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, as well as the Society’s 60th Anniversary.


Speculative development attempted again in Lindfield

Gladman Developments have now submitted a planning application and you will find our objection below. We encourage all residents to object, either using Mid Sussex District Council’s planning portal or by emailing the case officer Stuart Malcolm ( It is important to base objections on sound planning reasons and you will find examples in our letter. You will cover the main points if you simply adopt our first paragraph.

Please send objections to Mid Sussex District Council by Fri 29 March.



March 2024 – Mid Sussex District Plan, Regulation 19 Consultation

The Society’s response to the District Plan is posted on our Planning Issues page.

Mid Sussex District Council is currently revising its District Plan to include even more damaging greenfield housing development. Given the current opposition in Parliament to more centralised housing targets, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging the council to pause its plans until the legislative position is clarified. The Society fully supports this effort. For CPRE’s critique of the District Plan, see:

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