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Land off Gravelye Lane

Gravelye Lane - Lindfield - Haywards Heath - West Sussex

We have prepared outline proposals for a new residential development of 130 homes on land to the east of Gravelye Lane, Lindfield.

  • Overview

    Land off Gravelye Lane

    We are preparing detailed plans for a new residential development of 130 homes on land off Gravelye Lane in Lindfield.

    Under our proposals, a mix of housetypes is proposed to suit buyers in a wide range of circumstances, with 30% of the new properties to be provided as affordable homes, to be administered by a council-approved housing association for local people in housing need.

    These proposals will form a reserved matters planning application to be submitted to Mid Sussex District Council in due course, after outline planning consent for the site was granted in March 2017 following a successful appeal after our initial outline application was refused in July 2016.

    You can view the outline application by visiting MSDC's online planning pages (search planning reference DM/16/1012). Outline planning permission established the principle for up to 130 new homes on the site as well as vehicle access from Gravelye Lane. The reserved matters application will address the layout, scale, appearance and landscaping of the development, as well as key matters such as drainage strategy.

    In order to allow local residents and key stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about our emerging proposals, we held a public exhibition at The Birch Hotel in Haywards Heath on Wednesday 19th July 2017 between 3pm and 8pm.

    Visitors were able to view our emerging proposals, speak to experts from our project team, ask questions and provide us with their feedback on the scheme. If you would like to view the exhibition boards displayed at the consultation event, please click here.

    Our public consultation period closed on Wednesday 26th July 2017. The comments we received from local residents will help us to refine our emerging plans before we finalise and submit a planning application to Mid Sussex District Council in the near future.

  • About the site

    About the site

    Our proposed development site is located to the east of Gravelye Lane and the south of Scamps Hill (the B2111).

    To the south of the site is a new residential development at Langmore Lane and Chilton Grove. In addition, a further approved housing scheme adjacent to our site’s southern and eastern boundaries is currently under construction.

    Our application site covers an area of approximately 6.6 hectares (16.3 acres) and is considered to be in an accessible and sustainable location to help meet the area’s defined housing needs.


  • What's proposed

    About our proposals

    Our development is designed to work within the constraints and opportunities of the site and is a scheme that respects the area’s surroundings.

    Our proposals, informed by feedback received from the local community and stakeholders during a public consultation period in January 2016 and included as part of the approved outline planning application, include the following key elements:

    • 130 high-quality new homes
    • A mix of property types – 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes – to suit people in a variety of circumstances
    • 30% affordable housing
    • Vehicular access to be taken from Gravelye Lane
    • A children’s play area and informal public open space
    • The majority of existing trees and hedgerow on site to be retained and supplemented with new planting
    • Pedestrian links to be established through the site, connecting to adjacent public footpath and surrounding areas
    • A comprehensive and sustainable drainage strategy to manage surface water drainage on site
    • Design to respect the amenity of adjacent homes and the setting of neighbouring listed building.
  • Updates

    Application timeline

    • July 2017 – public exhibition ahead of reserved matters application
    • March 2017 – outline planning application granted by Mid Sussex District Council
    • August 2016 – appeal lodged against the decision of Mid Sussex District Council 
    • July 2016 – outline planning application recommended for approval by officers, but refused by members at committee on 14th July
    • March 2016 – outline planning application submitted to Mid Sussex District Council
    • January 2016 – pre-application public exhibition