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  1. 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.

  2. How is the scheme being funded?

    Central Government has provided significant funding to allow 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.

  3. Who is delivering the scheme and who is Homes England?

    Launched in early 2018, Homes England is the Government’s national housing agency, set up as one of the key steps towards delivering new homes in the UK. We will seek development partners to work with us to bring forward the scheme.

  4. How can I comment on the planning application?

    The planning application can be accessed via Mid Sussex District Council’s planning register by using reference number DM/18/5114.

    Comments can also be made by writing to Planning Department, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS.

  5. 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. There are plans for low carbon energy generation and distribution which could include the use of emerging technologies, such as waste heat networks and local electricity storage and aggregation.

    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.

  6. When will you start on site?

    Subject to receiving planning consent, the project aims to start construction in 2020.

  7. Will construction take a phased approach?

    The approach will be phased over several years and construction management plans will be submitted alongside the detailed planning applications.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

    Improvements include making use of an existing vehicle bridge across the A2300 in the west of the site, which will only be used for horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians as well as upgrading the existing Freek’s Lane footpath to allow horse riders to use this connection. An extension of the Green Circle, parallel to Jane Murray Way/Sussex Way is also proposed. Parts of this route fall within the scheme boundary, other parts outside are expected to be delivered by the local authority. The proposed bridleways will allow horse riders to navigate the whole of the Northern Arc from the north and the south.

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

    Yes, there are currently a number of options being to connect the development to existing infrastructure.

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

    The development of the Northern Arc will preserve and enhance the established woodlands, trees and hedgerows on the site as part of our commitment to creating a high quality and distinctive place. 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.

  14. How will the Northern Arc connect with Burgess Hill Town centre?

    Two new primary schools and a secondary school are being delivered on site. A primary care facility will either be delivered on site or a financial contribution will be paid to provide additional facilities in the locality.

  15. 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, we are proposing pedestrian and cycle improvements to enhance connections to Wivelsfield railway station. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. As part of the work required to support the planning application, transport modelling has been undertaken and a Transport Assessment has been submitted. The Transport Assessment considers 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.

  18. What type of community facilities will be available?

    The Masterplan 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 Community 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.

  19. What sort of employment space will be available?

    The Northern Arc will include 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 Masterplan will also accommodate employment floorspace within the neighbourhood centres, which could comprise small scale office accommodation suitable for start-up and grow-on business.

  20. Will there be affordable housing provision?

    30% of the housing will be affordable, in line with local planning policy.

  21. 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.

  22. 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 passive recreation, 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.

  23. 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.

  24. What will happen to the golf course?

    The land which is currently a golf course will be used for housing.

  25. What will happen to the detention centre in the middle of the site?

    The detention centre is outside of the red line boundary and will therefore stay in its current location.

  26. What is Mid Sussex District Council’s role in the scheme?

    The Masterplan is consistent with local planning policy including the Mid Sussex District Plan (adopted March 2018). We have worked closely with the District Council in the run up the planning submission. Mid Sussex District Council is also the local planning authority and will decide the planning application in due course.

  27. Is this part of the A2300 corridor improvement scheme?

    The A2300 and Northern Arc Masterplan are two separate projects being developed by separate entities. Additionally, the Northern Arc Masterplan will deliver a new spine road between the A2300 and the A273 Isaacs Lane across the development to provide additional road capacity in the local area.

    Both projects are supported by local policy (Mid Sussex and West Sussex) and therefore share the common objective of unlocking significant improvements to Burgess Hill and attracting further investment to the area.

  28. What will the Northern Arc deliver?

    Approximately 3,500 new homes (including 30% affordable), new community facilities, three new schools, health provision, employment opportunities as well as vehicle, pedestrian and cycle connections.

  29. Where is the site?

    The Northern Arc is to the north of Burgess Hill lying between Bedelands Nature Reserve on the east side of Burgess Hill and the Goddards Green Waste Water Treatment Works to the west. The site is located approximately 1.5 miles to the north of Burgess Hill town centre.

  30. 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.

  31. How is the scheme being funded?

    Central Government has provided significant funding to allow 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.

  32. Who is delivering the scheme and who is Homes England?

    Launched in early 2018, Homes England is the Government’s national housing agency, set up as one of the key steps towards delivering new homes in the UK. We will seek development partners to work with us to bring forward the scheme.

  33. How have you involved the local community in your plans?

    In addition to the numerous public consultations undertaken by local councils to shape the development plans for Burgess Hill and wider Mid Sussex Borough, each housing scheme will see a public consultation to allow the public to influence the plans and provide feedback. Mid Sussex District Council also undertakes a statutory consultation once each planning application is submitted, providing a further opportunity to provide feedback.

  34. What is the Northern Arc site?

    The Northern Arc has been identified by Burgess Hill Town Council and Mid Sussex District Council as a strategic site suitable for up to 3,500 new homes and employment provision, formal and informal recreational space, education and associated services and infrastructure.

  35. Who is leading on the regeneration of Burgess Hill?

    NewRiver are leading on the regeneration of the town centre. There are also a number of other developers working on further regeneration projects around the town, these include Homes England, Glenbeigh, Persimmon and Croudace. Mid Sussex District Council as the local planning authority has the central role to play in each of the regeneration projects in Burgess Hill.