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martlets shopping centre redevelopmentBHU and MSDC Clear Up Councillors' Mis-Information Over Martlets Planning Application Deadline For Representation Letters

30th October 2015
By Peter Chapman

Mis-information has come out of last night's public meeting at Cyprus Hall where Cllrs Publicity Pru Moore and Andrew Barrett-Miles took questions with regards to the town centre and specifically the Martlets Shopping Centre.

The issue relates to the current status of the planning application for the Martlets Shopping Centre from NewRiver Retail. Information was given last night that could lead to the public not acting until January, AFTER the deadline to make representations has passed.

The following audio recording tells you all you need to know:

Here's the official statement from Mid Sussex District Council after we let them know about what was said at the meeting on Thursday evening:

“A detailed planning application has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council for the revitalisation of Burgess Hill Town Centre,” said Councillor Andrew MacNaughton, Cabinet Member for Planning.

“A public consultation is now running as part of the planning process to allow local people to submit their views on the proposals. Comments can be made on every part of the plan, so people are able to clearly say which aspects of the scheme they support and which they do not.

“The public consultation on the planning application officially closes on 20 November but Mid Sussex District Council will continue to accept comments and recommendations right up until a decision is made, which will most likely be January 2016.

“You can submit your comments online using our online planning register at www.midsussex.gov.uk (Type 'DM/15/3858' in the search box)
email planninginfo@midsussex.gov.uk or post them in to our Planning Department, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS.

“To help you develop a better understanding of the proposals, NewRiver retail will be hosting an exhibition in the town centre during November and December.”

We hope this clears up any confusion if you attended the meeting on Thursday evening or were passed on the incorrect information from any of the attendees.

Spread the word, let people know that to make your representation in January will be too late!

Got an opinion on this story? Leave a comment below.....
Will you be sending in a representation to Mid Sussex District Council regarding this planning application? What will you be speaking in favour of, or against?

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