Henfield group opposes more homes

Application to develop land at Sandgate Nursery site in Henfield (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150616-172451008
Application to develop land at Sandgate Nursery site in Henfield (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150616-172451008
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As a developer makes its second attempt to build homes on a garden nursery site in Henfield, an action group has vowed not to back down.

Hands off Henfield – a group of residents against unsustainable developments –has urged its members to write their letters of objection to a new plan, from Stonegate Homes, that proposes 82 homes at Sandgate Nursery in West End Lane.

This comes a year after the same developer submitted its first application for 72 homes on the site, but was rejected by Horsham District Council. This has since gone to appeal, and is awaiting a decision from the planning inspectorate.

A spokesman for Hands of Henfield said in a recent newsletter: “The new application increases the number of houses from 72 to 82, plus some other minor changes.

“It is vital that we now leave our comments again as this is a completely new application and any previous comments won’t be taken into account.”

Residents have flocked to the Horsham District Council planning portal to raise their concerns of over development, increased traffic and lack of infrastructure.

Mark Beard of Lawyers Lane said: “As a close neighbour to this proposed development, we strongly object to this planning application.

“The immediate area has already had over 100 homes approved on farmland, opposite this proposed development, utilising a single road, in part, and whilst we objected to this, to add another 72 homes to the area would completely overburden the transport infrastructure and local amenities.”

Jo Boorsma of Grommets Ltd in Hollands Lane said: “Access to the development from Hollands Lane is directly opposite my business Grommets Ltd. We require clear access at all times to operate efficiently.”

Paul Crowe of Faircox Lane said: “Traffic access to West End Lane will cause delay, disruption and pollution and other local amenities such as schools and parking facilities are already very over stretched.

“I strongly object to this proposal.”

All comments must be sent to Horsham District Council’s planning portal by tonight (Thursday June 18).

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