Taylor Wimpey is preparing proposals for new homes on a piece of land in Ockley Lane.
Taylor Wimpey is thrilled to have completed the purchase of a piece of land in Ockley Lane, Hassocks. We now have the opportunity to transform this site into a new community for Hassocks where we can create the right type of homes and facilities.
The site benefits from Outline Planning Consent for approximately 500 homes (30% affordable), public open space, a community park, community orchard and a new primary school. The site is also allocated for residential development within the Mid Sussex District Council Local Plan. 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.
This 74.6 acre greenfield site, located in Mid Sussex, benefits from outline planning consent for 500 homes, a 2-form entry primary school and a community building. The outline application was approved on 16 March 2020, securing the access to the site off Ockley Lane. Taylor Wimpey South Thames 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
With the outline planning consent in place, our proposals are to address the detailed design of the scheme using the parameters set out the outline stage. 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 to mitigate the ecological impacts of the development.
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.
- £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