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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. What are you doing to encourage sustainable development?

    Green infrastructure will help to reduce flood risk and manage storm water through an extensive network of biodiverse drainage systems. Green infrastructure will be designed with species that are tolerant to the prevailing climatic conditions of the south east, in order to respond to the hotter, drier summers and the colder winters. Additionally, a wide diversity of species will be used to enhance the existing species range on site in order to improve resilience to pests and diseases.

    Electric charging points will be provided throughout the development along with rapid charging points for taxis and buses. Buildings will be orientated and designed in order to maximise passive lighting and thermal performance. In addition to meeting the Fabric Energy Efficiency standard, all new development will achieve a 35% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions through onsite measures

    Opportunities will be identified to reduce potable water demand (water that is safe to drink or use for food preparation) to below 110 litres per day. This will require a non-potable water network which will provide an alternative source of water and allow for the potential reuse of waste water.

  4. Will this development have an impact on local footpaths?

    The Northern Arc avenue will feature continuous pedestrian and cycle infrastructure along its length providing an east-west connection between the A273 and A2300 in the west and Maple Drive in the east. A network of walking and cycling routes will be provided to offer an alternative corridor to the Northern Arc avenue. The secondary pedestrian and cycle route will create a safe and convenient link connecting neighbourhoods, local centres, schools and employment areas within the Northern Arc. They will also integrate the new settlement and existing residents of Burgess Hill by providing substantial north-south connections.

    In addition, the Green Circle will, provide a recreational route through the site contributing towards the aspirations for a circular route around the Town.

  5. Will there be an impact on the Bedelands Nature Reserve?

    This falls outside of the application boundary therefore will not be affected by the development.

  6. How will the project mitigate for the loss of green space and countryside?

    The development includes a total of 82.05 hectares of strategic green infrastructure comprising ancient woodland, sports pitches, grassland, parks and gardens and designated play provision. Together with the meandering water courses, these existing features define the character of the new community and frame the development.

    As well as creating character within the new community, the green infrastructure will help to maintain and enhance important habitat, provide maturity to the setting of the development and corridors to link users with new parks, sport and recreation, play, public transport, community facilities and homes.