Rydon Homes has submitted an application to Mid Sussex District Council:
'Hybrid planning application comprising outline application for access only for residential development of 140 dwellings consisting of 12no. 1 bed apartments, 30no. 2 bed houses, 51no. 3 bed houses and 47no. 4 bed houses and associated access, together with change of use of part of land to form country open space.'
This is in respect of their proposal to build 140 homes on Friars Oak Fields, off London Road, Hassocks. The fields are a haven for wildlife that has been accessible to the public for decades. They flood regularly. Access to the village’s shops and schools will be almost entirely by car via the already-congested Stonepound crossroads, the only official air pollution blackspot in Mid Sussex. The houses will be next to a dangerous rail footpath that crosses the London-Brighton main line. All in all, you might think it’s a crazy place to build a big housing estate. You have until 27 March to make your views known.