Northern Arc update on site progress: February 2021

As work at the Northern Arc and the presence on site increases, we are going to share monthly updates to keep the local community informed about activity on site. Please find the February 2021 update below.

Countryside Properties at Freeks Farm

Countryside Properties are the first housebuilder to be appointed at the Northern Arc and will be building 460 homes, over 50% of them as affordable housing. The first affordable homes are expected to be ready in late Autumn 2021 and the first private homes in Spring 2022. Land near Maple Drive which had previously been used as a landfill site has now been fully remediated and the abandoned vehicles/ asbestos contamination cleared from the northern fields. The first stage on the spine road, which will eventually link Maple Drive with the A2300 has now been completed. This will be the main access for the southern part of the site and housebuilding can now begin in earnest.

Construction of the new and improved play area, including a new multi-purpose games area is progressing as quickly as possible with the current weather conditions. The surfacing is now in and play equipment should be installed by the end of the month. The replacement play area has been designed with assistance from children at Sheddingdean Primary School and will be a significant improvement to the previous play area, including a trampoline and zip wire. Significant replacement tree and shrub planting has already been undertaken to the western boundary, which is now being supplemented with additional planting in the north of the site and along Freeks Lane. This will provide an increase in diversity in both age and species of trees, eventually resulting in two for one planting for every tree removed as part of the development works.

John Sisk & Son and the Eastern Bridge and Link Road

John Sisk & Son who will build the eastern bridge and link road which will join Freeks Lane to Isaacs Lane have been carrying out archaeological investigations in conjunction with Archaeology South East. More information can be found here. Sisk have also recently completed ground investigation works and site clearance works to facilitate the design and construction of the link road. We expect construction of the link road to begin in spring 2021.

Jackson Civil Engineering and the Western Link Road

Works are soon due to begin on the western link road, which will join the A2300 in the north to Jane Murray Way in the south, with new roundabouts built at the intersection with the existing highways. Jackson are already working on behalf of West Sussex County Council to dual the A2300 from the A23 towards Burgess Hill terminating at the boundary of the Northern Arc project. From 22nd February, they will be carrying out site clearance works including hedgerow removal on the south side of the A2300 to enable the construction of the new link road. It is estimated that 200,000 new trees, shrubs and plants will be planted throughout the Northern Arc scheme. This plays a major role in Homes England’s commitment to achieve a Biodiversity Net Gain of 23%, meaning the quality of habitats for plants and wildlife is significantly better after the development than it was before. From 26th February, their site offices and welfare unit will be set up on land adjacent to West End Farm. We expect construction of the first new roundabout on the A2300 to begin from mid-March 2021. Works will be taking place behind the already installed crash barrier so traffic flow will not initially be affected by these works.

How to stay up to date / get in touch

Website: http://burgesshill.net/housing/northern-arc Facebook: @NorthernArcBH Email: northernarc@homesengland.gov.uk Phone: Sarah Ward, community Lead, 07776 527 643

Countryside Properties construction at the Freeks Farm site - Burgess Hill
Countryside Properties construction at the Freeks Farm site
Western Link Road and Eastern Bridge Link Road Boundary - Burgess Hill
Western Link Road and Eastern Bridge Link Road Boundary