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The reserved matters application submitted in June 2017 seeks approval for the detailed plans for the new hospice and first phase of homes, as well as a community hub. Details of the proposals are set out below.

New homes

The plans for the first residential phase of the development include a mix of new houses, bungalows and apartments.

 

Street elevations

Dwelling type 1 bedroom 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 4 bedrooms Total
Houses 0 44 42 17 103
Bungalows 0 8 5 0 13
Apartments 24 16 0 0 40
Total 24 68 47 17 156

 

The proposals include 48 affordable houses and apartments (30%). This is in accordance with Mid Sussex District Council policy and the outline planning consent.

Image: example elevations of homes within phase 1 (click to enlarge)

 

Hospice plans

The reserved matters planning application includes a new 24 bed hospice, ensuring that St Catherine’s will have a facility that allows them to serve the community for many years to come. In addition to the greater number of rooms, the hospice plans include:

  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapy rooms
  • Outpatient treatment rooms
  • Courtyards and gardens, including spiritual space
  • Lobby and reception, including exhibition space
  • Offices for St Catherine’s staff.

 

St Catherine’s will be launching a fundraising appeal to meet the costs of building and furnishing the new hospice. Details of the appeal will be published soon. 

 Hospice elevations

New community hub

The plans include a new community hub to be run and managed by St Catherine’s for the benefit of the whole community. The hub will include:

  • A community shop
  • Two meeting rooms
  • A café
  • An atrium.

In addition to the community facilities, seven apartments will be located above the new hub.

 

Landscape plans

As the site is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the detailed proposals include extensive landscaping and planting. The submitted plans include:

  • A new village green, located at the heart of the new community
  • An equipped play area, adjacent to the village green
  • Significant planting along the south and west boundaries of the site, providing an effective screen for the development
  • Squares throughout the development for communal use.

 

Parking

The proposals include a total of 377 car parking spaces for the new homes, in accordance with the approved outline application. Additionally, 12 car parking spaces will be provided for the community hub. The new hospice will have a total of 133 parking spaces.

Cycle parking and storage will be provided in accordance with West Sussex County Council’s policy.

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