Evidence & Supporting Documents
Please see our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment page.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 provided the primary legislation which required Local Planning Authorities to maintain a Brownfield Land Register.
The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 - which came into force in April 2017 - require Local Planning Authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land that is suitable for residential development.
The Regulations require the publication of the register by 31 December 2017 and that the register is up dated at least annually thereafter.
Brownfield Land Register - December 2017
The Brownfield Land Register was published on 21 December 2017.
An up-to-date assessment of housing need is a statutory requirement.
The purpose of a SHMA is to:
- Find out what housing is needed
- Understand housing markets in our region
- Predict the amount and type of future housing provision
A Strategic Housing Market Assessment was commissioned by Mid Sussex District Council with the other authorities in West Sussex.
- West Sussex Housing Market Assessment - Main Reports (May 2009)
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment for Mid Sussex - Summary Report (May 2009).
- Northern West Sussex - Mid Sussex: Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update Report (October 2012)
- Northern West Sussex Housing Market Area - Affordable Housing Needs Model Update (October 2014)
Please note: The 2014 and 2012 Assessment updates and should be read in conjunction with the 2009 Assessment.
The District Council’s assessment of Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing is published within the Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA).
The capacity study is an assessment of the physical and environmental constraints on development. It looks at the Mid Sussex District landscape to find possible areas for future development.
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study Main Text
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study Area and Zones Key
- Landscape Character Types
- Landscape Character Areas
- Landscape Structural Analysis Key
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 1
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 2
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 3
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 4
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 5
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 6
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 7
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 8
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Zone 9
- Landscape Capacity
- Mid Sussex Landscape Capacity Study - Technical Appendix - excluding Appendix C. Please contact us if you wish to view this appendix
Land Use Consultants (LUC) were commissioned to undertake a study on the capacity of Mid Sussex to accommodate new development.
This study will form an important part of the Council’s evidence base to support the level of growth proposed in the District Plan.
It will also help with discussions with neighbouring and nearby local authorities.
The study looked at four key aspects:
- Landscape capacity
- Development in Mid Sussex is constrained by environmental designations and by its attractive countryside and high-quality landscape
- Two-thirds of the district is covered by areas that are given the highest protection under national policy - such as the National Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- 4% of the area in the remaining parts of the district is not covered by either one or more secondary constraints or is not already built upon
- Secondary constraint areas are sensitive to development pressures - but have less weight afforded to them by national policy
Burgess Hill feasibility study:
- Front Cover
- Volume 1 - Final Report (5.40MB pdf)
- Addendum to Volume 1 - Figure 3.1 page 10 (amended due to drafting error)
- Addendum to Volume 1 - Table 6.2 page 41 (amended due to drafting error)
- Annex A - Identification of Social and Community Infrastructure
- Volume 2 - Transport Analysis is not available to download due to its size. It can be viewed at the council offices
Burgess Hill supplementary study:
This study examines in more detail Options A and B including transport analysis and social and community infrastructure.
- Feasibility Study for Development Options at Burgess Hill: Addendum to Final Report December 2005
- Annex B: Social and Community Infrastructure Requirements for Development Options A and B
- Addendum C: Transport Analysis Options A and B is not available to download due to its size. It can be viewed at the council offices
Haywards Heath feasibility study:
- Feasibility Study for Development Options at Haywards Heath: Final Report December 2005
- Feasibility Study for Development Options at Haywards Heath: Final Report Part 2 May 2006
- Annex A: Transport Analysis Technical Note May 2006 is not available to download due to its size. It can be viewed at the council offices
- Annex B: Assessment of Social and Community Infrastructure Needs May 2006
Please note: The study documents do not contain proposals and are not consultation documents - they will not be adopted by the council.
The documents were used as background to inform issues and options work on the draft Core Strategy (now superseded by the District Plan).
The Mid Sussex Transport Study is a strategic level study that examines the impact of development proposed in the District Plan on the highway network and how any impact can be practically resolved.
Mid Sussex Transport Study – Stage 3 Report
This report looks at:
- ‘Focused Amendments’ to the Mid Sussex District Plan of July 2016
- ‘Further Modifications’ published as a pre-submission draft in August 2016
The report considers an increase in District Plan housing provision from 650 to 800 new homes per year and includes the proposed strategic development for 600 homes to the east of Pease Pottage.
Mid Sussex Transport Study - Stage 3 Interim Study Report
The Interim Study looks at:
- The likely transport impacts of the Mid Sussex Pre-Submission June 2015 District Plan
- A higher level of development based on the Mid Sussex Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment of May 2015
Mid Sussex Transport Study - Stages 1 and 2:
Government guidance encourages all local authorities to carry out local assessments of need and audits for:
- Open space
- Recreation provision
This is to make sure that there is enough high quality green-spaces and sport and recreation facilities to meet the needs of local communities and visitors.
- PPG17 Assessment of Open Space, Sport and Recreation - Summary Document
- PPG17 Assessment of Open Space, Sport and Recreation - Consultant's Final Report
The appendices are not currently available to download due to their size but they can be viewed at our offices.
Review of the 'PPG17 Assessment'
The Council has reviewed the findings of the 'PPG17 Assessment'. A Report was taken to the Better Environment Advisory Group on 2 February 2011.
Mid Sussex District is the tenth most wooded district in the South East. Nearly two thirds of woodland within the District is classified as ancient. Many of the woodlands in the area have a complex history and traces of past uses and management can still be seen today.
A revision of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Mid Sussex was completed in October 2006.
The revised survey found an additional 607 ancient woodlands not previously identified. This added 1600 Hectares to the total of ancient woodlands known to exist in Mid Sussex.
Land to the "west and south-west of East Grinstead for 2,500 homes after 2006" was a location identified for strategic development "where possible" in the South East Plan, carried forward from the West Sussex Structure Plan 2001-2016 which highlighted the need for a supporting transport package including a relief road.
However, a number of difficulties, including environmental and financial viability cast significant doubt upon the delivery of all 2,500 homes and a relief road.
The East Grinstead Strategic Development Transport Advice report was published to explore whether development could come forward without the need for a full or partial relief road and the amount of development acceptable in transport terms.
The report was undertaken in two stages.
- Review of A22 Corridor – April 2009
- East Grinstead Strategic Development Transport Advice – April 2009
- Officer Comments Note - June 2009
- Traffic Flow Calculation Spreadsheet – June 2009
- TEMPRO Growth Factors Spreadsheet – June 2009
- East Grinstead Transport Advice 2nd Stage Report of Tasks 1 and 2 (September 2009)
- West Sussex County Council Officer Comments (October 2009)
A Stage 3 report, the East Grinstead Traffic Management Study, was commissioned by West Sussex County Council in response to a request by East Grinstead Town Council and is published on the East Grinstead Town Council website.
Burgess Hill Town Council produced a Town Wide Strategy in 2011 addressing infrastructure needs and future development.
Part of the strategy - alongside delivery of new housing - includes an employment park to the west of Burgess Hill to make the area more self-sufficient.
Mid Sussex District Council commissioned the Burgess Hill Employment Site Study to assess the deliverability, size and type of the proposed employment allocation to accord with the vision, strategic objectives and economic aims of the emerging District Plan.
We then commissioned an update to the study in late 2014 to consider changes in economic conditions since the withdrawal of the District Plan.
Key issues to be assessed included:
- Demand for employment floorspace in Burgess Hill and the surrounding district
- The unmet needs of other local planning authorities
- The implications of the Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan and the Greater Brighton City Deal
- The proposed second runway at Gatwick
- The requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG)
The findings of the study support the proposed allocation of 30 hectares of employment land in the emerging District Plan.
The updated study also recommends further work to investigate further the proposed Science and Technology Park at Burgess Hill.
The Sussex Extensive Urban Survey (Sussex EUS) is an independent study of 41 towns undertaken between 2004 and 2008 for:
- East Sussex County Council (ESCC)
- West Sussex County Council (WSCC)
- Brighton and Hove City Council
It was funded by English Heritage.
The Sussex EUS forms part of the Character of West Sussex Partnership Programme - aiming to give guidance and advice on the protection and enhancement of all aspects of character in the county.
Key objectives of the project include:
- Drawing together of previous archaeological and historical work
- Creation of a Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Analysis of the origins and development of each town
- Identification of county-wide Historic Character Types
- Preparation of a Statement of Historic Urban Character for each town
- Identification of gaps in the understanding of the occupation and historical development of character of each town
- Advice to local authorities on the development of guidance
Five settlements within Mid Sussex were subject to the survey. The Historic Character Assessment Report for each settlement can be viewed below.
- Burgess Hill Map 1
- Burgess Hill Map 2
- Burgess Hill Map 3
- Burgess Hill Map 4
- Burgess Hill Map 5
- Burgess Hill Map 6
- Burgess Hill Map 7
- Burgess Hill Map 8
- Burgess Hill Map 9
- Burgess Hill Map 10
- Cuckfield Map 1
- Cuckfield Map 2
- Cuckfield Map 3
- Cuckfield Map 4
- Cuckfield Map 5
- Cuckfield Map 6
- Cuckfield Map 7
- Cuckfield Map 8
- Cuckfield Map 9
- Cuckfield Map 10
- Cuckfield Map 11
- Cuckfield Map 12
- Cuckfield Map 13
- Cuckfield Map 14
- Cuckfield Map 15
- East Grinstead Map 1
- East Grinstead Map 2
- East Grinstead Map 3
- East Grinstead Map 4
- East Grinstead Map 5
- East Grinstead Map 6
- East Grinstead Map 7
- East Grinstead Map 8
- East Grinstead Map 9
- East Grinstead Map 10
- East Grinstead Map 11
- East Grinstead Map 12
- East Grinstead Map 13
- Haywards Heath Map 1
- Haywards Heath Map 2
- Haywards Heath Map 3
- Haywards Heath Map 4
- Haywards Heath Map 5
- Haywards Heath Map 6
- Haywards Heath Map 7
- Haywards Heath Map 8
- Haywards Heath Map 9
- Haywards Heath Map 10
- Mid Sussex Sustainable Energy Study - Final Report and Technical Appendix
- Figure A.1 - Average Annual Wind Speed
- Figure A.2 - Environmental Designations
- Figure A.3 - Cultural Designations
- Figure A.4 - Infrastructure Constraints
- Figure A.5 - Radar Communications Constraints
- Figure A.6 - Noise Buffer Constraints
- Figure A.7 - Area of Solar Ground Based Array Potential
- Figure A.8 - Areas of Hydro Development Potential
- West Sussex Sustainable Energy Study - Final Report
- Landscape Sensitivity Analysis and Guidance for West Sussex Low Carbon Study
In determining the location and design of new development particular care needs to be given to avoiding areas at risk of flooding, including areas that have suffered from historical flood events.
With climate change expected to increase the frequency of flood events, particularly in the winter months, this is a constraint that is likely to become more prominent over the coming years.
- Strategic flood risk assessment
- Sequential flood risk test for the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014 - 2031
South East England authorities have prepared guidance for sustainable drainage titled ‘Water. People. Places’ that should be used at the earliest stages of the planning and design process for all types of residential, commercial and industrial development.
Consideration of the movement of water at the earliest stage of design is crucial to the success of SuDS and allows wider benefits to be achieved.