We were pleased to represent our clients at the public examination of Mid Sussex’s Site Allocations DPD. We were supporting the proposed allocation of our clients’ proposed 1.3 million square foot Science & Technology Park. This is Mid Sussex District Council’s preferred strategic employment site, located at Goddards Green near Burgess Hill.
Our Planning and Design teams worked closely for two years with the project team, including Vail Williams and HNW Architects. Our role has been to advise and assist with developing the site masterplan and access arrangements, to promote the site through Mid Sussex District Council’s Regulation 18 and Regulation 19 stages, and to assess the traffic impact and design mitigation schemes where needed.
We set up a transport and highways working group between us, Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council Highway Authority, and Highways England, to collaborate on the analysis and assessment of the traffic effect of the proposed strategic employment site. The purpose of the working group was to ensure that all parties were in regular dialogue and to remain focussed on addressing the requirements of the authorities, and to reach a mutual position ahead of the public examination deadline.
This culminated in all parties signing a transport statement of common ground agreeing the outcomes of our work, which included traffic impact assessment, junction design, mitigation scheme design and phasing strategy, sustainable travel and access strategy, road safety audits, and walking cycling and horse-riding assessment (WCHAR).
Going in to the Public Examination having all-party agreement to a robust and comprehensive evidence base was acknowledged by the Planning Inspector. He raised only a few questions about this particular site allocation, to which we were able to provide detailed and informed responses.
We now await the Inspector’s decision.