Villagers are planning to wrap more than a thousand acres of Sussex countryside in a seven mile long yellow ribbon to protect it from developers (Wed Oct 16th).
The stunt is to raise awareness of the proposals, which are being discussed at an Open Meeting in Adastra Hall, Hassocks on October 18th.
The land around Twineham and Wineham has been earmarked by the London Company, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd, which is hoping to get government support for plans to site a 10,000 home New Town just north of the South Downs National Park.
Mayfield has identified a number of potential sites; all of which cover thousands of acres of unspoilt Sussex countryside and tiny rural villages.
Local councils in the area have thrown out the proposals, but the villagers say Mayfield is trying to derail district plans by lobbying government ministers and by sending city experts down to Sussex to undermine local councils on technicalities. Mid Sussex District Plan is waiting for Government inspection at the moment and Horsham District plan will be soon to follow.
Anthony Watts Williams of the action group Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl (LAMBS) says,
“When we first heard about the proposal to have a New Town built in this part of rural Sussex most people took it with a pinch of salt…how could anyone build a town of some 10,000 homes in an area that has no infrastructure, no jobs, is prone to flooding and is miles away from a railway station? The proposal is not supported by district and parish councils, MP’s, and all the people we have spoken to who live and work in this area”
“Then we discovered that one of the director of Mayfield Market Towns is Lord Mathew Taylor, the peer put in charge of the Governments much publicised changes to the planning laws, together with some very rich influential London based business people, all of whom are set to make massive financial gains of The Mayfields Scheme is even given the go ahead.”
Meanwhile, Mayfield is continuing to approach landowners in the area and is negotiating options to buy huge swathes of unspoilt countryside.