Inspector says ‘YES’ to MPs

The Government Inspector has agreed to allow Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames and South Downs MP Nick Herbert to speak out against Mayfields at the Examination of Horsham’s District Plan next week.
The two MPs want to challenge Mayfields’ proposals and to make it clear to the Inspector that the scheme has no local support at any level.
Speaking while meeting constituents in Albourne Village Hall at the weekend, Sir Nicholas confirmed that the Inspector had agreed to the request.

“It is quite unusual,” he said, “but this is a very important inquiry and it is almost on a question of principal. We feel very strongly that we should have an opportunity to speak out on this very, very important matter.”

“If I can, I miss no opportunity and nor does Nick Herbert, to make quite clear of our views on the, I think, absolutely mad behaviour of Mayfields, and the intolerable way they are carrying out their plans here – or trying to.”
He added that he hoped that he and Mr Herbert would also be able to challenge Mayfields on some the underhand tactics they are employing to push the scheme forward.

“For instance,” he said, “they’ve produced a document saying that West Sussex County Council has approved of their transport – it is absolute rubbish. They did no such thing – and such is the sort of misleading information and straight lies they’ve told, that West Sussex had to issue a statement saying it wasn’t true.

“I think you have to treat everything they say with a pinch of salt and don’t allow them to dominate – this plan is completely unacceptable. It won’t work. It is out with all the Government’s criteria for eco-cities, garden cites, market cities – whatever you call them. No one wants it, there is no support for it here and it can’t happen under the Government’s criteria without the support of the local councils, the local communities and the District Plan – it hasn’t got any of them.”

[box type=”info”]The two MPs will be speaking on Matter 16 of the hearing which is to be held in Horsham District Council Chamber on Tuesday, 18th November.[/box]


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  1. David Crespin

    Seems like some positive news, let us hope that common sense prevails and these plans for a new town get thrown out.

  2. Christine Bailey

    I can’t think of two better representatives to help the cause of putting this madcap scheme to bed. They are very important people to have on our side and I hope that they can persuade the government inspectors that this is a no go and will make them extremely unpopular in this area if they let this scheme go any further, especially with an election looming!!

  3. Anthea Gasworthy

    If all this planning goes ahead, the countryside in West Sussex will be lost for ever. It will become the city of Sussex. People down here choose to live in the country for peace and quiet. We love the green fields and the sightings of wildlife including badgers, foxes, deer and of course rabbits. If all this development goes ahead, where are all the wildlife supposed to go? People are already worried about animals encroaching on towns and cities. Where are they supposed to go? Or are the Government going to cull all these nuisance animals? All of us down here love our countryside but what does that matter to the Developers and Government. David Cameron vowed to protect the Green Belt – another hollow promise?!

  4. Samantha

    The trouble with these developments is the overriding factor which dominates is money.
    There is only tick-box, lip service paid to the quality of life we are creating for ourselves and future generations. The profit maximising, space squeezing developments taking place all over Britain are not in the interests of the people, if it was we’d build smaller developments which are more equally spread across the UK. Instead, we have profit hungry developers eager to cash in on the London overspill, regardless of the legacy it leaves on those communities.

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