Housing, jobs and community facilities FAQs
When will the schools and the healthcare facilities be built?
Homes England are planning for a sustainable community at the Northern Arc, providing infrastructure and community facilities at the right time. The eastern primary school, expected to open in 2023, will be two-form entry with provision for early years and children with special education needs. The primary school at the centre of the Northern Arc is planned to be developed later in the scheme.
The new secondary school will be developed by West Sussex County Council, with Homes England providing land for the school and making a significant financial contribution towards the cost of the facility and towards local off-site sixth form provision. West Sussex County Council are currently finalising their programme for the new secondary school which is targeted to open in September 2024.
Homes England is working with the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on healthcare plans. The CCGs are groups of doctors in the NHS who are responsible for planning and designing local health services. The Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG is responsible for planning healthcare strategies for Burgess Hill and the surrounding area, and they will decide which of two possible options best fits their plans – a brand new surgery or significant contribution to existing practices in the area. Homes England will then provide the kind of healthcare provision that the CCG requests. The amount of money that Homes England contributes will be the same whether it’s for new facilities or the expansion of existing ones.
Will there be affordable housing provision?
The Northern Arc will be a community focused development that meets the housing needs of local people. At least 30% of every phase of homes at the Northern Arc will be affordable housing. Of the 460 homes that Countryside properties are constructing, 237 will be affordable.
What type of housing will be delivered?
A range of housing will be provided to create a mixed and balanced community, with different densities and types of housing. This could include apartments, terraces, town houses, detached and semi-detached homes and extra care housing. The properties will range in size from one to four bedroom homes, including those reserved for 55 and over and fully wheelchair accessible homes.
What sort of employment space will be available?
The Northern Arc will include up to 24,000m2 of employment land to the south of the A2300, which would be suitable for a range employment uses such as offices, research and development and industry. It will maximise opportunities associated with the directly adjacent ‘Hub’ employment site to the west through encouraging business linkages and integration between new and existing residents. The wider development will also accommodate employment floorspace within the neighbourhood centres, which could comprise small scale office accommodation suitable for start-up and grow-on business.
Will there be public open space for all?
A rich variety of attractive open spaces supporting biodiversity as well as meeting community needs for recreation and supporting health and well-being will be delivered. This includes extensive areas of natural open space encompassing the river valleys, woodlands and grassland areas (providing opportunities for walking, cycling and exercise) and three formal parklands located close to the Neighbourhood Centres to meet needs for children’s play, informal sports and passive recreation.
Will there be sufficient parking for residents and visitors across the Northern Arc?
Parking will be provided in accordance with local planning policy – it will include car parking courts, communal car parking, on-street and private provision. It is proposed that 30 public electric vehicle charging points will be located within the three mixed use local centres. It is also proposed that the development will include private electric vehicle charging points within the residential development plots.
Residential cycle parking will also be provided with up to 8,451 residential cycle spaces proposed on the site. Cycle parking to serve non-residential uses will be confirmed as the plans progress.
What type of community facilities will be available?
The Northern Arc includes three neighbourhood centres connected to each other by the Northern Arc avenue. These centres will be conveniently located within a ten minute walk of the new homes. They will also be easily accessible by cycle, public transport and car. Each centre will differ in terms of size and range of facilities, responding as appropriate to surrounding land uses and maximising connections with them.
A Centre for Outdoor Sport will be located at the western section of the Northern Arc. It will include outdoor sports pitches, as well as supporting facilities to complement existing provision at the nearby Triangle Leisure Centre.