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Northern Arc takes next step to create thousands of homes

Thu 7th November 2019, 10:28 am

Major plans to create 3,000 new homes near Burgess Hill, as well as new schools and community facilities, have been given outline planning permission.

The go-ahead for the new homes on the 200-hectare site known as the Northern Arc, owned by the government’s housing agency Homes England, was given by Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee. 

The construction of the new homes – 30 percent of which will be affordable – will be built with community facilities including three neighbourhood centres, three new schools, and there will also be new employment opportunities in the region.

The development will provide easy access to public transport, and walking and cycling routes in the area. Homes England will now work with developers to submit detailed planning applications after further community consultation.

Construction of the first new homes at Freeks Farm found north of Burgess Hill and highways infrastructure is due to begin in 2020 – subject to planning permission being granted.  

Ken Glendinning, head of strategic land at Homes England, said: “Over the next three years, we plan to invest around £41 million in vital new infrastructure at the Northern Arc. This will unlock these needed new homes in Mid Sussex, making homes happen faster and ensuring they are a real benefit to the local community. The new infrastructure will relieve traffic pressure and provide better links in this part of Mid Sussex.”

Homes England submitted their first infrastructure planning application for a bridge and link road in early October that will connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm in the eastern part of the site. This will help to relieve traffic pressure and support the construction of the new homes.

At the west of the site Homes England is seeking a contractor to construct another bridge, link road and roundabouts, and if planning permission is granted work should start in summer 2020.

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