Northern Arc update on site progress and notification of site works (August 2021)

Northern Arc update on site progress and notification of site works (August 2021)

Countryside Properties

Countryside Properties are building 460 homes at the Northern Arc, over 50% of them as affordable housing.

Since the previous update, the frameworks for several apartment blocks have now been erected and the culvert bridge linking to the north end of the Countryside site is close to being complete. Stockpiles will soon be removed.

The play area is undergoing a safety review with the aim of opening to the public as soon as possible.

Groundworks for the north of the site are due to start at the end of August.

 - Burgess Hill
A drone image of the Countryside site at Freeks Farm

John Sisk & Son

John Sisk & Son will build the Eastern Bridge and Link Road which will join Freeks Lane to Isaacs Lane. Since our last update tree protection fencing and reptile fencing has been erected, we’ve mowed the grass and installed site cabins at our compound. We’re currently laying stone chip around the site compound area. Work has been undertaken on the construction of the site access road and a Traffic Management Plan has been put in place.

We will soon be carrying out further works along Isaacs Lane. This will involve the construction of a site access road off Isaacs Lane and the erection of more tree protection fencing which shields protected trees from potential damage during construction. There will also be a speed restriction in place of 40mph along Isaacs Lane, with lane closures in place between August 31st and 3rd September, 6th and 10th September and 13th and 17th September.

In order to undertake the works safely but also keep one lane open for traffic, it is necessary to install temporary traffic lights on Isaacs Lane during off peak hours (9am to 4pm) Monday to Friday over these periods.

We will be starting main construction works for the Eastern Bridge and Link Road from the week commencing 30th August 2021 (8am-6pm) in accordance with the associated planning consent DM/20/3247.

If you have any questions about these preparation works or concerns during the work period, please email northernarc@homesengland.gov.uk.

 - Burgess Hill
An image of works being undertaken by John Sisk & Son

Jackson Civil Engineering at the Western Link Road

Jackson Civil Engineering are building the Western Link road connecting the A2300 in the north to Jane Murray Way in the south, with new roundabouts built at the intersections with the existing highway.

Further ecological works are due to be carried out in August and September to relocate newts and provide newt fencing.

Tree removal works will be carried out in September at West End Farm and Jane Murray way to facilitate construction of the link road main carriageway and Jane Murray way roundabout. Additional tree pits will be constructed to provide new replacement trees, a higher amount than the number removed. The trees have been carefully selected to be of the highest possible environmental value.

An upgrade and diversion to southern water infrastructure including construction of a new below ground “wet well” (water chamber) will also commence.

 - Burgess Hill
An image showing construction works carried out by Jackson Civil Engineering at the WLR

Bellway

Bellway are the latest developer to join the Northern Arc. They will build 249 homes to the east of the site and develop some public open spaces including the Lowlands Farm extension to the Bedelands Nature Reserve.

Over the past few months, Bellway has sent out an information leaflet to local residents explaining the forthcoming reserved matters application for the development of new homes at Phase 1B of the Northern Arc urban expansion area. The Bellway team has also met with Burgess Hill Town Council to discuss the proposed application.

Bellway continue to engage with Mid Sussex District Council over the detail of the proposed development and the reserved matters application will be submitted to the Council in October 2021.

 - Burgess Hill