Unwanted & Unsustainable

Mayfield Market Town’s proposal to build a new town of 7,000 to 10,000 houses on acres of pristine Sussex countryside has no local support.

The proposal has unleashed significant opposition from our local MPs, Parish & District Councils and local residents, and was deemed “unsustainable” by a Planning Inspector in March 2018, when the latest Mid Sussex Plan was adopted.

Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex MP) on Mayfield:

Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs MP) on Mayfield:

The Low Weald Sussex is a significant floodplain on the banks of the tidal river Adur.

Hugely costly anti-flooding measures will need to be put in place, all of which will affect flooding at settlements further downstream, such as Bramber and Shoreham.

There is a high-pressure gas pipeline and major electricity pylons running straight through the area of land Mayfield are proposing for their new development. The electricity pylons would need to be buried underground, costing millions of pounds; the cost of which will ultimately end up being paid by potential homebuyers.

Mayfield Market Town are not proposing to build any additional roads to deal with an expected 14,000 additional cars.

Local infrastructure has developed organically to sustain several small settlements and it is therefore totally unsuited to a town of this size. The area of land mapped out for Mayfield’s new town is nowhere near a train station. Mayfields like to claim that residents will not need to commute for work, but we all know the realities of work commitments in the local area. Hassocks will become the nearest train station for Mayfield residents – putting a catastrophic strain on roads through Hurstpierpoint and the Stonepound crossroads near Hassocks station, which already has one of the highest air pollution readings in the county.