Proposed Gypsy and Traveller site set for public consultation

PR2267/MK/MF - 17/02/2020

Mid Sussex District Council is giving local people the chance to have their say on a proposed Gypsy and Traveller site in Copthorne.

The District Council is required by law to meet the accommodation needs of everyone living in the area, including Gypsies and Travellers who wish to settle. A detailed study into the accommodation needs of the Gypsy and Traveller community was carried out in 2016 and found that 23 new permanent residential pitches need to be provided for settled gypsies and travellers between 2014 and 2031.

Hollow Copse is proposed as a suitable location for eight new permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches. The land has all the elements needed to deliver the variety of services and facilities on site that are needed to create a safe, secure and healthy community.

This proposed scheme revises the previous application, having fewer pitches on a less dense site. The proposal includes a site manager’s office, a landscaped open area for children’s play and adequate parking and private amenity space on each pitch. A protective barrier along part of the perimeter will reduce noise and this will be accompanied by the planting of trees and shrubs to help the site blend in to the natural surroundings. There will also be a footpath to link the site to Copthorne village.

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“We have listened carefully to the feedback from local residents. This latest proposal has fewer pitches, so the space is less densely populated and provides a nicer environment for the residents.

“The provision of eight permanent pitches at Lower Hollow Copse will form an important part of our duty to provide accommodation for the Gypsy and Traveller community. It will also ensure our District Plan remains compliant with planning legislation and that we retain control of future development in Mid Sussex.”

The plans and an explanation of the proposals are available to view online at www.wyg.com/planning/consultations/hollow-copse.
The public consultation period begins on Tuesday 18 February and runs until midnight on Tuesday 31 March.

Comments can be left by completing an online questionnaire via the web page link.

Alternatively, you may submit a hard copy of the questionnaire by post to Lower Hollow Copse Consultation, WYG, Wharf House, Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RP. Questionnaires can be obtained from Reception at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS (01444 458166).

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