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Land west of Copthorne

Copthorne Way - Copthorne - Crawley - West Sussex - RH10 3RX

Taylor Wimpey South Thames has submitted a reserved matters planning application for phases 3 and 4 of the Heathy Wood development, in Copthorne.

  • Overview

    Public consultation

    Planning background

    We have acquired residential phases 3 and 4 of Heathy Wood, Copthorne from St. Modwen Developments. The two phases comprise 197 of the 500 homes that are due to be built across the development.

    Outline planning consent was granted by Mid Sussex District Council in 2016 for up to 500 homes (30% affordable), a primary school, a doctor’s surgery, up to 15,500sqm employment floorspace, public open space, allotments and access from the A264 and Shipley Bridge Lane.

    Since then, St. Modwen has had reserved matters planning applications approved for the detail of several elements of the scheme, including the first two residential phases of 303 homes. Construction work is progressing well on site with the main infrastructure road in place and a number of the new homes now occupied by residents.

    A reserved matters planning application was submitted to Mid Sussex District Council for the two remaining residential phases – Phase 3 and 4, in January 2021. This application contained the finer details for Phase 3 and 4’s, including a site layout and the style and appearance of all homes.

  • About the site

    About the site

    Heathy Wood is an emerging new community of 500 new homes set on the western edge of the village of Copthorne. Situated not far from Gatwick Airport and Crawley and with easy access to the M23, the area is well connected. 

    The site itself, which is 23.9 acres/9.6 hectares in size, comprises two previously grazed fields in the north and another field in the south. It is hidden amongst beautiful ancient woodland and has small areas of dense scrub and a stream.

    Ecological surveys undertaken in 2013 found the wider site supports bats, birds including nightingales, dormice, badgers and reptiles. Since the original surveys, the site has undergone some vegetation clearance works, construction of the spine road and drainage swales. 


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  • What's proposed

    What's proposed

    High-quality homes to meet demand

    Our proposals are for 197 new homes; 138 of which will be private homes for sale whilst 59 will be classed as affordable housing to be offered to a housing association. 
    We are seeking to provide a mix of homes to meet local demand, with a range of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes.


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    Architecture for a new sustainable development 

    Our vision is for the architecture to complement existing characters set by the emerging development and local area, while also having a varied approach within each phase. 

    Phase 3 is to have a contemporary tone with materials and detailing taking cues from Phases 1 and 2 to allow for an overall cohesive development. 

    Phase 4 is to have a more rural tone, with base materials of red multi tonal brick and multi tonal red tile hanging, with eternit cladding to corner and focal buildings. Using these materials partnered with contemporary components such as, porches, doors and grey windows, this allows for the phase to integrate comfortably within the overall site. 


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    Highways, parking and access

    Vehicle access to the development will be taken from the main spine road. There will also be vehicle access to the allotment site, north of Phase 4. In addition, the proposals provide footpath links to the wider development to aid permeability for pedestrians and cyclists. The parking strategy is to be in accordance with Mid Sussex’s District Plan parking standards.


    Site ecology

    The scheme will retain and protect key ecological features on site, including the adjacent ancient woodland and stream, and minimise the loss of boundary vegetation. Reptiles will be relocated to safe habitats, whilst we bolster the site’s ecology with native planting and an extensive wildlife box scheme.







    Landscaping for the site will ensure the new homes make best use of the verdant and well-vegetated boundaries that surround the proposed housing areas, including proximity to areas of ancient woodland. Houses will be set back from the mature trees and hedgerows to ensure these important natural features are successfully integrated into the open space areas. We will provide a range of walking routes connecting to the wider public rights of way and the new areas of housing being constructed by St. Modwen. New planting will enhance the existing mature features, providing a mix of predominantly native trees and shrubs, with large areas of species-rich grassland to maximise biodiversity.


    Surface water drainage


    We propose a Sustainable Urban Drainage System which will maintain current water run-off rates to manage flood risk on and off the site. The system will manage a 1 in 100-year rainfall event, with an appropriate allowance for increase in rainfall intensities due to climate change.


    Foul water drainage


    The site’s sewers will be constructed to standards suitable for adoption and future maintenance by Thames Water. A new pump station will pump foul water to the existing Thames Water pumping station, aiding the network.





  • Community

    Community benefits

    The Heathy Wood scheme as a whole, delivers over £7 million in community benefits including:

    • Providing land for a new primary school
    • Contributions to secondary education in the area
    • Contributions to sixth form education in the area
    • Contributions towards redevelopment of East Grinstead library
    • Providing a public transport subsidy towards local bus services
    • Providing a site for a new GP surgery or a contribution towards improvement of local healthcare facilities
    • Contributions towards improvement of local sports facilities in Copthorne
    • Contributions towards improvement of community hall facilities in Copthorne
    • Providing a Local Play Area (Phases 1+2) + Neighbourhood Play area (Phase 4)
    • Delivering 3 miles of new walkways and cycleways
    • Providing open green space and retaining ancient woodland areas
    • Providing community allotments
  • Updates

    News and Updates

    • 2016 – Mid Sussex District Council grants outline planning permission for the entire Heathy Wood development
    • November 2020 – Taylor Wimpey acquires residential phases 3 and 4 of Heathy Wood from St. Modwen Developments
    • December 2020 – online public consultation and newsletter sent to nearby residents
    • December 2020 – deadline to submit your feedback
    • January 2021– Reserved matters planning application submitted to Mid Sussex District Council