Preliminary figures released by Horsham District Council (HDC) show that 50% (5,339) of all the comments made on the 9 large strategic sites during the Draft Local Plan Public Consultation, were objections to the Mayfield Market Town (MMT) proposal. In all, an unprecedented 1,669 individuals and organisations objected to Mayfield’s plan. HDC said:
“It can be seen that most comments received on sites were objections and that Land North East of Henfield (Mayfield) received the most comments in total.”
The MMT proposal received support from only 36 individuals, representing just 14% of those who commented in support of all the main 9 strategic sites.
You can download the report from HDC here.
We would like to thank all members of the community that took the time to comment on the Draft Local Plan. It was an incredibly complex process and the difficulty in using the online portal was one of the main comments HDC received in relation to the consultation itself.
We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone that has already supported the LAMBS campaign. Your donations, together with several loans, helped us to submit professional evidence/reports which demonstrated why the MMT proposal was both undeliverable and unsustainable. Without your contributions we would not have been able to show HDC the significant opposition in the local community; but any further assistance to reduce our loans would still be welcome. Details of how to donate can be found here: https://lambs.org.uk/donate
We have taken another large step forward in our campaign, however the fight is not over and we will continue to keep you informed of the situation and prepare for the next round over the coming months.
We hope you are all keeping healthy and safe; and managing to enjoy the wonderful and unspoilt countryside of the South Downs!