Developer increases number of affordable homes at Northern Arc in Burgess Hill

The first developer to build homes at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill will be making more than 50 per cent of homes affordable – 20 per cent more than is required by the conditions of their planning consent.

Countryside Properties has been on the site since early 2020, and will start building houses at Freeks Farm in autumn this year.

It has announced that it has increased the amount of affordable homes as a direct response to the Covid-19 situation.

The first of 237 properties are expected to be available in spring 2021, and will range in size from one to four bedroom family homes, including properties reserved for those aged 55 and over, and four fully wheelchair-accessible homes.

Outline plan for land south of Freek’s Farm, in Freeks Lane. Photo courtesy of Rydon Homes via the Mid Sussex District Council website

Construction of homes at the Northern Arc will be ‘tenure blind’ – this means that homes destined for affordable rent or shared ownership will be built to the same high standards as those destined for private sale and distributed throughout the development.

This includes the landscaping, look and feel of the surrounding areas too.

Homes England is holding its third quarterly online drop-in session on the Northern Arc project on Tuesday, September 15, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

It will provide the next progress update for the Northern Arc.

Residents can expect to hear about community building, the phasing of the development, Biodiversity Net Gain and from Countryside Properties which are onsite building the new homes at Freeks Farm.

The drop-in will take the format of a series of live online presentations held on MS Teams Live.

Anyone can join from a web browser on a computer using this link:

Those using a mobile phone or tablet will need to download the free Microsoft Teams app. Anyone without access to the internet or who needs the information from the drop-in session presented in a different format can get in touch with Sarah Ward on 07776 527 643 to request this.

Those who can’t make the live meeting can use the same link after the event to view a recording of the presentation.

Members of the public are asked to submit their questions in advance of the drop-in session by Monday, September 14, at 5pm, using the link to the event.

As many questions submitted by this time will be answered during the event. Questions submitted after this time or during the event will be answered via a written Q&A document which will be posted on the project website.

Ken Glendinning, project director at Homes England, said: “We received a good level of engagement from the local community at our May online event, with over 100 members of the public attending and 90 questions asked.

“We hope even more people will be able to join us at our September online event to allow us to keep the community up to date with Northern Arc progress.”

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