Full Sustainability Assessment results by site for those sites submitted under the second call for land (as presented at the September 2015 Workshops)
Revised Assessment for Constance Wood Field site:
Following the submission of site HKNP025 (above) in the September call for land, Site HKNP003 has been reassessed. At assessment in January this site was designated “red” due to lack of vehicle access however with the submission of site HKNP025 and the potential for vehicle access to HKNP003 via that site, HKNP003 has been designated “amber”. However it should be noted that access is dependent upon HKNP025 being designated for development and the related issue of the capacity of Hamsland to accommodate further vehicular traffic remains.
Revised Assessments for Jeffreys Farm / Sugar Lane Sites:
The Sugar Lane sites were re-assessed in September 2015 in order to take account of the following considerations:
- the covenant on HKNP017;
- their location to the west of Sugar Lane which currently acts as the defensible boundary for development within the village to the west;
- advice from West Sussex County Council (WSCC) Highways regarding access to the sites and the lack of footpath along Sugar Lane which could raise highway safety concerns.
Informal officer advice by Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) advised that there would be a risk in using all the fields around Jeffreys Farm as it would potentially create a ‘knock-on’ or ‘domino’ effect of development and there would be little control over a large estate ultimately being developed. A strong and consistent message from the community engaging in the Neighbourhood Plan process has been that large estates would change the character of Horsted Keynes and are not desirable. Such a development at Jeffreys Farm / Sugar Lane could also create a precedent for similar sites within the parish to be considered for development.
Informal officer advice by WSCC Highways stated that the existing access point had limited visibility and limited scope to improve it. Provision of an alternative access point to the north was not considered to represent a demonstrably more feasible or safer solution.
The only possible residential development that may be achievable at Jeffreys Farm is a small, courtyard-style scheme of approximately 6 dwellings incorporating the existing farm buildings. This would still have potential highway access and safety issues. It is considered that the breach of the defensible boundary currently provided by Sugar Lane, coupled with the relatively limited contribution that the site would make to addressing the housing needs of Horsted Keynes, means the site would not support the objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan in a meaningful or sustainable way.
In view of this, all Jeffreys Farm / Sugar Lane sites were reassessed and the outcome of this process has resulted in sites HKNP014 and HKNP016 which were designated ‘amber’ in January, changed to ‘red’ in September, and site HKNP017 which had been designated ‘green’ in January, also changed to ‘red’ in September. The January and September assessment results for each Jeffreys Farm / Sugar Lane site can be seen below – presented side by side for comparison purposes.
Correction – Extent of Site HKNP013
Due to a misunderstanding, the extent of site HKNP013 was incorrect in the Sustainability Assessment results presented on 24/01/15. This has now been corrected and a revised plan for this site is published below. Please note that this correction does not materially affect any of the overall outputs for this site but should be read in conjunction with the full Sustainability Assessment results published below.
Correction – “Access to” the Village Centre
Following comments received from members of the public after the Community Consultation Event on 24/01/15, “Access to” sections of the sustainability assessment have been reviewed and some minor revisions made. Please note that these revisions do not materially affect any of the overall outputs for these sites but should be read in conjunction with the full Sustainability Assessment results published below.
|Access to:||Services||Primary school||Public transport|
|HKNP003||Should say ‘500m-2,000m’|
|HKNP004||Should say ‘less than 500m’|
|HKNP013||Should be amber||Should be amber|
|HKNP014||Should be amber||Should be amber|
|HKNP015||Should be amber||Should be amber|
|HKNP016||Should be amber||Should be amber|
|HKNP017||Should be amber||Should be amber|
Full Sustainability Assessment results by site (as presented at the Consultation Event on 24/01/15)
|HKNP001||Land at end of Church Lane|
|HKNP002||Police House Field|
|HKNP003||Constance Wood & Council fields|
|HKNP004||MSDC Car Park off Lewes Road|
|HKNP005||Land next to Little Keynes, Birchgrove Road|
|HKNP006||Keysford Lane (2 fields beside Ludwell Grange)|
|HKNP007||Corner of Cinderhill Lane / Station Approach|
|HKNP008||Land to west of Church Lane|
|HKNP009||Part of field below 1&2 Tremains Farm cottages|
|HKNP010||Land off Wyatts Lane by Lyneham Cottage|
|HKNP012||The Old Rectory, Church Lane|
|HKNP014||Land to north of farm buildings (A)|
|HKNP015||Land to north of farm buildings (B)|
|HKNP016||SHLAA site 69 - Sugar Lane field|
|HKNP017||SHLAA site 70 - Jefferies Farm field|
|HKNP019||Land adjacant 30 Cinder Hill Lane|
|HKNP020||Land to east of Cinder Hill Lane|
|HKNP022||Glebe Land including Village Hall|
|HKNP023||Land to south of Brickworks|
Sites HKNP011, HKNP018 and HKNP024 were proposed as possible Phone Mast sites and have been assessed separately. Please visit the Consultation event page and view the Consultation documents presented on 24/01/15 for details.