Project background FAQs
Who is delivering the scheme and who is Homes England?
Homes England is the Government’s housing agency. They are responsible for increasing the number of homes that are built in England, including affordable homes and homes for market sale. They unlock development by releasing more land to developers who want to make a difference, and by making homes happen where they are most needed. Homes England are the master developer at the Northern Arc. They have acquired the land at the Northern Arc and will make it available to developer partners as they join the project, as well as directly appoint contractors to bring forward key infrastructure at the right time.
How is the scheme being funded?
Central Government has provided significant funding which allowed for the acquisition of the land as well as to progress the planning applications and Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
Due to the strategic importance of the site for the district, the Northern Arc is supported by Mid Sussex District Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. Jointly, the two bodies have contributed c. £27.6m for sustainable transport improvements and dualling of the A2300 link to the Northern Arc development area.
Over the next three years, Homes England will invest c. £41 million in new infrastructure at the Northern Arc.
Why is the Northern Arc being developed?
The land that makes up the Northern Arc was allocated in the Mid Sussex District Plan (adopted March 2018) as a strategic mixed use allocation. It is part of the broader Burgess Hill Growth Programme. In October 2019, outline planning consent was granted (DM/18/5114). The planning application can be accessed on Mid Sussex District Council’s planning register.