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Frequently asked questions

You’re bound to have a few questions about the Burgess Hill proposal. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions to help you out.

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  1. The increase in population will create an increase in demand on local public services such as education and health. How will the project tackle that?

    Permission is sought for up to 19,620m2 of educational development which will include two primary schools with early years and special education needs and disabilities (SEND) provision and a secondary school campus also including SEND provision.

    A new healthcare facility is proposed in one of the neighbourhood centres and permission is sought for a facility of up to 1,600m2. While the Northern Arc scheme (including the Freeks Farm development) gives rise to a requirement for 838m2 of healthcare facility, the larger floorspace is intended to allow the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver a bigger facility than is required to meet the healthcare requirements arising from just the Northern Arc development. The dental healthcare floorspace will be delivered in one or more of the Neighbourhood Centres.
    If the CCG do not require an on-site facility, a financial contribution towards off-site healthcare improvements in the locality will be provided.

  2. Will local utilities be able to cope with over 3,000 new homes?

    The existing 132kv primary electricity substation to the west of Jane Murray Way (A273) will be extended by up to 3,020m2 to provide additional electrical capacity to serve the development although it should be noted that this falls outside of the application site boundary. The existing 132kv overhead power lines to the north west of St Paul’s Catholic College will be undergrounded. The development will be served by a network of utilities infrastructure, including surface water attenuation and common service trenches for utility and broadband networks.

  3. How can I comment on the planning application for the new bridge and link road?

    The planning application can be accessed via Mid Sussex District Council’s planning register by using reference number DM/19/3313. Comments can also be made by writing to Planning Department, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS.

  4. How will you encourage the use of public transport?

    Public transport will be critical to embed sustainable travel habits from the outset of the development. The layout of the site has been designed to facilitate a main public transport corridor which will help to ensure that all parts of the site have access to bus based public transport. On Maple Drive for example, pedestrian and cycle improvements to enhance connections to Wivelsfield railway station will be provided. We are also proposing a new bus route that will pass through the Northern Arc on the spine road between Jane Murray Way in the west and Maple Drive in the east. This will be a high frequency route that will connect the Northern Arc to key destinations in Burgess Hill including the railway stations, the town centre and the main employment centres.

    These improvements will support Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex District Council’s ‘Place and Connectivity programme’ which will deliver significant infrastructure improvements across Burgess Hill.

  5. The new development at Freeks Farm will increase traffic on Maple Drive and the surrounding area, what will be done to address this?

    The planning consent for Freeks Farm allows for 130 homes to be built and occupied and accessed from Maple Drive. Further development will only be possible once the highway and bridge connection to the A273 Isaacs Lane is complete. The proposals for the bridge and link road are currently being considered by Mid Sussex District Council.

  6. How will the local road network deal with the increase in traffic that the development will bring?

    In order to help mitigate the impacts from additional traffic, the development of the Northern Arc will include the provision of a link road between the A273 Isaacs Lane and the A2300. In the east of the site, a new bridge and link road will be built to connect the homes at Freeks Farm with Isaacs Lane. In the west of the site, a new bridge, link road and roundabouts will be constructed and connect with the A2300 Corridor Improvement Scheme being promoted by West Sussex County Council.

    As part of the work required to support the planning application, transport modelling was undertaken, and a Transport Assessment submitted along with the application. The Transport Assessment considered the impact of the development on the surrounding highway and transport networks.

    We will continue to work with Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council to consider all the impacts of the development and where necessary propose improvements to offset any negative impacts that the development may create.

    The considerable investment in the public transport, pedestrian and cycle networks will encourage residents of the Northern Arc to use sustainable modes of transport and help to reduce the impact of the Northern Arc on the surrounding highway networks.

  7. What impact will the development have on local flood plains?

    New natural draining features or Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be incorporated within green spaces, outside of sensitive woodland and tree buffer zones to drain water from the public realm, provide visual interest, enhance the ecological value and increase biodiversity.

  8. When will you start on site?

    Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

  9. Will construction take a phased approach?

    The approach will be phased over several years (2020-2033) and construction management plans will be submitted alongside the detailed planning applications. Infrastructure will be constructed early with phase one delivering the new bridges and link roads in the east and west of the site, the secondary school, the first primary school, a Centre for Community Sport, employment land and two neighbourhood centres. Phase one will be delivered between 2020 and 2025.

  10. How will this development improve the situation for horse riders?

    New natural draining features or Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be incorporated within green spaces, outside of sensitive woodland and tree buffer zones to drain water from the public realm, provide visual interest, enhance the ecological value and increase biodiversity.