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jones homes folders lane ridgeview wine estateDeveloper Wins Appeal For 73 New Homes Next To Ridgeview Wine Estate

29th June 2017
By Peter Chapman

Jones Homes have been granted planning permission on appeal for 73 new homes on land to the south of number 88 Folders Lane, Burgess Hill, right next to the Ridgeview Wine Estate.

The inquiry took place on the 14th and 15 of March 2017 with the decision only just being announced last week.

David Prentis was the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

So often with many planning appeals involving Mid Sussex District Council in recent years, their reasons for refusing the application did not hold enough weight due to a lack of 5-year land supply document along with their incomplete District Plan.

You can download the full appeal decision document here:
appeal-decision-3149456.pdf (256kb)

The application from Jones Homes for a mix of 2,3,4 and 5 bedroom dwellings was originally turned down by the District Planning Committee in January 2016 for reasons which included the impact on neighbours Ridgeview Wine Estates - who themselves had just been granted planning permission to expand their business. It was also thought that it would be equally unfair on potential residents of this new development due to the associated noise of living right next to an commercial business.

Other reasons for refusal included the fact the site was outside the built up area of Burgess Hill, in an area of countryside developmental restraint which would also see the strategic gap further eroded. It was also ruled that the development would cause substantial harm to the landscape charater of the area.

The land was previously considered as a strategic housing allocation site but failed to meet the council's suitability criteria.

For the application history, look up planning reference 14/04492/FUL  on the MSDC planning portal

The land to be developed into housing following Jones Homes' successful appeal

Spread the word, 73 new family homes have been approved next to a world class vinyard and winery.

Got an opinion on this story? Leave a comment below.....
Do you think it was the right decision to allow 73 new homes right next to Ridgeview Wine Estate?

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