Proposals for permanent gypsy and traveller accommodation
STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Following the withdrawal of an earlier planning application for 16 pitches, the Corporate Estates and Facilities Business Unit, Mid Sussex District Council undertook an extensive public consultation exercise, holding public exhibitions in November 2017 at The Ark, Turners Hill and in January 2018 at the Parish Hub, Copthorne.
The Exhibitions were well attended – approximately 100 at Turners Hill and 200 at Copthorne. Considerable feedback from the Exhibitions was received - in total 255 written responses were received by WYG via: Questionnaires completed during and after the Exhibitions; on-line survey forms; Emails; Letters and detailed Feedback statement from the Copthorne Village Association.
A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been prepared by WYG providing detailed analysis of the all feedback received. To access this document please click on the link below:
The views of the majority of respondents indicated, as shown in SCI Appendices, that:
There was some support for a pedestrian footpath link towards Copthorne Village although many commented that this should be provided for existing residents to use.
A detailed response to the CVA feedback and objection statement is attached:
REVISED SCHEME AND SUBMISSION OF PLANNING APPLICATION
The Corporate Estates and Facilities Business Unit (CEFBU), Mid Sussex District Council has considered the feedback in detail. No other site has come forward. The CEFBU has decided to revise the scheme for the Hollow Copse site, proposing a reduction in pitches on both Sites A and B, a single vehicular access from Copthorne Road and provision of a new public footpath towards Copthorne Village.
The Corporate Estates and Facilities Business Unit, Mid Sussex District Council, along with the current site owner, have submitted a revised planning application for public and private gypsy and traveller accommodation (GTA) at land at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne.
THE REVISED SCHEME
In more detail, the revised proposals are for a total of 13 pitches and include:
The proposed revised site layout is available to download below. or download the Site Layout
The planning application is accompanied by other plans and supporting technical reports which explain the proposed development in detail; including Planning Statement, Transport Statement, Drainage Statement, Geo-Technical Statement, Invasive Species Management Plan; and Arboricultural Statement.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
THE PRE-APPLICATION PUBLIC CONSULTATION PHASE IS NOW FINISHED.
THE FULL PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMISSION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON THE MID SUSSEX DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING WEBSITE ONCE VALIDATED BY THE PLANNING AUTHORITY.
MID SUSSEX DISTRICT PLANNING AUTHORITY WILL UNDERTAKE CONSULTATION ON THE PLANNING APPLICATION ONCE THE APPLICATION IS VALIDATED.
THE PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE NUMBER IS: DM/18/3525.
ALL FEEDBACK MUST NOW GO DIRECTLY TO THE LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY AT MID SUSSEX DISTRICT COUNCIL IN RESPONSE TO THEIR PLANNING APPLICATION CONSULTATION.