Learn about our plans for an exciting new community in Ockley Lane, Hassocks
Our proposal includes approximately 500 new homes with a range of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom, ideal for those stepping onto the property ladder and families. There will be 30% affordable housing, public open space, a community park, community orchard and a new primary school. Having recently acquired the site, Taylor Wimpey is now working on bringing forward a Reserved Matters application to seek detailed approval for the appearance, scale, layout and landscaping of the approved 500 homes.
Ockley Lane, Hassocks is located to the north of the village of Hassocks, a desirable Mid Sussex village with outstanding schools and a train station with regular services to London and Brighton.
Located in Mid Sussex, the site benefits from outline planning consent for 500 homes, primary school and a community building. The outline application was approved on 16 March 2020, securing the access to the site off Ockley Lane. We will submit our reserved matters application later this year, with a view to gaining full planning permission by the end of 2021.
Situated on the northern edge of the village of Hassocks, the site is located 7 miles north of Brighton and 40 miles south of London. Hassocks station, approximately 1 mile away from the centre of the site, benefits from 4 services per hour to London serving Gatwick and a number of London terminals in just over an hour. Southbound services, running 4 times per hour serve Brighton and Hove. These services make the village popular with commuters.
In addition to the train station, the village benefits from Ofsted 'Outstanding' rated Hassocks Primary School and Downlands Community [Secondary] School, local services including a Sainsbury’s Local and several independent shops, cafés and pubs, and is on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.
What is proposed What is proposed
Our proposals aim to ensure maximum connectivity and openness between the new homes, the open green spaces on site and the existing community to create a scheme that integrates with its surroundings and provides a noticeable benefit to residents new and existing.
Design and character areas Design and character areas
Taking cues from the local area and adding our own twist, the thought is to propose 4 strong and differing character areas throughout the development. Varying materials will inform these areas, distinguishing one place from another within the development.
Landscaping and ecology Landscaping and ecology
The site offers a fantastic opportunity to create an impressive landscape strategy utilising and enhancing existing landscape features. These will permeate through the development, playing a significant role in placemaking, providing areas for recreation and play whilst also providing new habitats for a variety of species.
Enhancements involve the creation of new woodland and scrub habitats, wildflower meadows, new reed beds forming SuDS features and a community orchard. Bird and bat boxes, native species planting and a sensitive lighting schemes are to be incorporated into the masterplan.
We’re committed to building greener, healthier homes for us all. From energy efficient fixtures and fittings, to cutting our carbon emissions, and enhancing existing green spaces, we build sustainability into everything we do.
We believe it’s our responsibility to support our communities so that people are proud to call them home. That’s why we regularly donate time and money to local causes and are passionate about investing in the areas we build.
- £5,338,000 in education contributions to be used to fund the delivery of the on site primary school as well as expansions at both the Downlands Community Secondary School and Haywards Heath Sixth Form College
- £565,000 towards the development of additional or improved football pitch and/or tennis court provision and ancillary facilities in Hassocks Parish
- £326,000 towards health care infrastructure improvements for Hassocks or towards Hassocks Health Centre
- £324,000 contribution to either the community building to be delivered on site by the District Council or an extension to an existing community building in Hassocks
- £155,000 towards development of services at Hassocks Library
- £86,000 in contributions to Hassocks NPT and Burgess Hill Police Station
- Various highway and footpath improvement works in Hassocks, including the provision of a new bridleway connecting Hassocks to Burgess Hill
- Additional cycle parking stands at Hassocks Station