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About the site

The 45 hectare (112 acre) site is located within Mid Sussex District Council authority area in the county of West Sussex. It is located to the east of the Moto Service Station at Pease Pottage and to the south of Crawley. The site is contained to the west by the B2114, to the north by the M23 and to the south by Parish Lane. Tilgate Forest adjoins the site to the east and northeast.

The site currently comprises largely land farmed for arable crops. There are also two residential properties and a waste composting facility in the north-western corner of the site. The site is therefore partly previously developed, and is also utilised for a regular open-air market.

Together with almost 50% of Mid Sussex, the site is located within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) but not all landscape within the AONB is of the same quality. This designation however means that landscaping design will play a key part in helping the scheme respond sympathetically to its surroundings.

The site's context and location together with the growing unmet housing need locally suggests that a sensitive development on this site should come forward without delay. 

Housing need

  • In 2013, there were 4,856 households on the affordable housing waiting list in Mid Sussex.
  • In contrast, in that same year, just 140 new affordable homes were built in Mid Sussex.*

*Source: Shelter Housing Databank via Department for Communities and Local Government Live Table 600 and Table 1008


To address this growing housing need, the Government, through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), requires local Councils to plan positively, and seek new opportunities for development.

To achieve this, Local Planning Authorities are required to have an up-to-date Local Plan, which has been informed by a series of studies and an extensive evidence base. As part of the Local Plan process, it is necessary for Councils to objectively identify and sustainably address local housing requirements.

Mid Sussex District Council are in the progress of updating their Local Plan following comments from the Planning Inspector and so do not have an up-to-date Local Plan in place.

Councils are also required to maintain a five year housing land supply, a supply of specific deliverable sites to provide five years’ worth of housing against the housing requirements.

Mid Sussex District Council have an acknowledged shortfall in their five year housing land supply. This shortfall has also been recognised by a number of independent Planning Inspectors. 


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