NP Proposed Housing Sites

Housing Sites

This page contains information about sites that were put forward by landowners for possible allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan. A Call for Sites was published by the Village Council (then the Parish Council) in May 2012. Five landowners responded to the Call and were invited to provide more information for a public consultation event. This information was displayed at the first Consultation in November 2012. Details of other possible sites, that had previously been assessed by Mid Sussex District Council, was also on display. For more information about the Consultation Event and the feedback from those who attended, see the Consultation page.

Following the event, a number of landowners contacted the Village Council’s Steering Group. A further Call for Sites was published in October 2013, and the total number of sites put forward by the end of 2013 was 14. These 14 sites were the subject of a public Consultation event in February 2014.

The Steering Group then assessed the 14 sites together with two further sites that the group considered they should include. The process took several months as the Steering Group wished to ensure that each site was fully assessed against a number of criteria, including sustainability and public feedback. The Site Assessments were published in December 2014. The Site Assessments Report outlines the owners’ proposals and includes a map showing all assessed sites. The Report forms part of the evidence base for the Neighbourhood Plan and the sites that were proposed for allocation appeared in the pre-submission draft version of the Plan which was consulted on between January and March 2015.


 (February 2014)

Sites submitted by landowners

Once a site is allocated in the Plan, planning permission will be required before any proposal can go ahead and the application will need to comply with local and national planning policies, as well as any policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.

The following sites were allocated in the Plan:

  • Land between 98-104 Maypole Road. Plan policy ASW6. Approximate capacity: 5
    Permission granted by Mid Sussex District Council for 4 dwellings on 10th May 2019: Reference DM/18/4433 
    Construction commenced during 2021.
  • Mount Pleasant Nursery, Cansiron Lane. Plan Policy ASW 7. Approximate capacity: 3
    Outline Permission granted by Mid Sussex 22nd July 2019 for construction of up to 6 dwellings (net total of 5).
    All matters reserved except for access. Reference DM/18/3242
  • Willow Trees and Spinney Hill, Lewes Road. Plan Policy ASW 8. Approximate capacity: 4-8
    Permission granted by Mid Sussex District Council on 3rd March 2017 for one 5-bedroom house adjacent to Spinney Hill. Reference DM/16/2268 (now expired)
    Permission granted by Mid Sussex District Council on 3rd May 2019 for 7 dwellings, including 2 affordable homes (net total of 5). Reference DM/17/2695
    Construction commenced during 2020.
  • Wealden House, Lewes Road (EDF site). Plan Policy ASW 9. Approximate capacity: 50+
    Permission granted on appeal on the 11th November 2020 for the construction of 54 flats. Planning Application Reference DM/19/1025
    Appeal reference AP/20/0011
  • Wealden House LIC, Lewes Road. Plan Policy ASW10. Approximate capacity not stated.
    Planning Application expected during 2021. Further information 

The following sites were considered but not allocated in the Plan:

  • Ashburnham, Woods Hill Lane
  • Land North East of Woods Hill Lane
  • Rear of 45 Maypole Road
  • Land at Dirty Lane
  • Hammerfield, Cansiron Lane
  • Abbey View, Hammerwood Road
  • Land South of Hammerwood Road
  • Land South of Hammerwood Road (Chartin)
  • Springhill, Beeches Lane
  • Land adjacent to playing fields (of former Stoke Brunswick School), Maypole Road

Mid Sussex District Council Site Assessments

Mid Sussex District Council assessed some sites in Ashurst Wood as part of its 2013 Housing Supply Document, also known as a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, or SHLAA.

This is a document that MSDC is required to produce to enable it to identify potential housing sites. It is part of the evidence to support its emerging District Plan. The inclusion of a site on the list does not mean that it will be allocated for housing or obtain planning permission. Likewise the exclusion of a site from the list does not preclude it from being assessed as part of a Neighbourhood Plan.

When assessing the Neighbourhood Plan sites, the Steering Group took into account the assessments carried out by MSDC in 2013.

MSDC updates the SHLAA regularly and the latest document, now called a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), can be seen here.

MSDC is in the process of preparing a new Site Allocations Document. The draft document includes a site in Hammerwood Road which it proposes to allocate for 12 dwellings (policy SA26).