Mayfields’ new town “not required” says Government Inspector

The Government Inspector examining Horsham’s District Plan has said that Mayfield Market Towns is “not required” and he has directed the Council to concentrate on other sites.
In his preliminary report, The Inspector, Geoff Salter has stated that he has “significant concerns” about Mayfields’ location, sustainability and the extent of local opposition

This is great news for LAMBS’ campaigners who have been working for the past year to expose the truth about Mayfields’ proposals. ”We are absolutely delighted that the inspector has recognised that the site proposed by Mayfield Market Towns is completely the wrong location for a development of that scale,” says LAMBS’ founder, Anthony Watts Williams.
“The Inspector also acknowledges the lack of sustainability of the site, and notes the scheme is not supported by local MP’s, District and Parish Councils, local people or most of the landowners.”

The Inspector has now suspended Horsham’s District Plan for six months to allow the council to review its housing figures. Mr Salter wants the council to find sites for around an extra 50 new homes a year – raising annual housing provision to between 750 and 800, which is still far fewer houses than Mayfields was proposing.

Mr Salter’s report states that he considers Mayfield Market Towns to be beyond what the district needs and goes on to explain in more detail why he believes the new town proposal is so unsuitable;

At present, to my mind significant concerns have been raised about the sustainability of the location of the MMT site, in particular its distance from railway services and the strategic road network and the potential usage and viability of the ‘park and ride’ proposals.
The deliverability of the preferred 10,000 dwelling option, with employment development, within two local authority areas without their support, and in the face of strong opposition from two local MPs, parish councils and local people, including land owners, is also an issue of concern.”

LAMBS has not yet seen Mayfields’ response to Mr Salter’s report but campaigners have vowed to keep fighting the proposal until Mayfield Market Towns has ceased to promote its proposal and its website has been dismantled.

“Although this is great news, the fight will only really be won when the Mayfields blight has been lifted from our community,” says Mr Watts Williams

LAMBS will be following further developments throughout the Christmas holiday and will report any updates from the Inspector, the District Council or Mayfields on this page.

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Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) examination

The full report of the Inspector’s initial findings can be downloaded HERE.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and peaceful new Year!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful new Year!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

  1. Sylvie Schapira

    Great news. Thankyou for all the hard work by the people of Lambs.

  2. Sue Reid

    Well done and Thank You to everyone who has fought so hard on behalf of us all. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Yan Pardailhe-Galabrun

    What a great way to start the festive season!
    A great thank you to all and to LAMBS for conveying our total rejection of this unacceptable housing scheme.
    It’s not the end of our battle though and this example of community involvement is one to be proud of and cherish.
    Merry Xmas
    Yan & Isabelle and children

  4. Maggie Jemmett

    Mayfields was a crazy plan which has been recognised as such. Housing is needed, but not a badly thought out fantasy town! It just shows that when MPs and local people work together in community amazing things happen.
    Blessings to everyone who has worked so hard over the past year. May you all enjoy a very joyous and peaceful Christmas.
    Maggie and Kevin

  5. Nigel Holden

    Best Christmas present yet! Well done LAMBS, let’s fight the good fight into 2015….

  6. Hilary Williams

    Good news. Congratulations ,to you all on this first positive step forward.

  7. Paul Everest

    I wonder if the people behind Mayfields will take the hint and clear off now? Fingers crossed that they leave with their tails between their legs.

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