UBNP November Update to Parish Council


Following on from the meeting we had on the 9th. October with HDC, SDNPA, AiRS, our consultants and the NP Team (notes sent out previously) I can update you on the following:

Queries raised with AECOM on some details contained within the Housing Needs Assessment, (inclusion of the SDNP Plan, housing numbers within the SDNP, properties built in UB within the last 5 years and some typos) have been accepted but we are still waiting for the final report to be published.

AECOM site assessments to start in mid. November (14/11/17), the sites they will be assessing are:
1. Strip of land Smugglers Lane
2. Land East of Pound Lane
3. Little Paddocks
6. Land at Greenfields Henfield Road
11. Behind Post Office, Small Dole. Oxcroft Farm South End
16. Valerie Manor Henfield Rd
17. Church Farm UB Adj. Caravan Park
18. Riverside Caravan Park
19. Burrells Henfield Road, Small Dole
These 9 sites are from a total of 19 (2 new additions since our initial Call for Sites), the other 10 have been excluded due to either being in SDNPA (6), windfall (2), Cement Works (1), no longer a development site (1).

It is anticipated that the reports will not be available until the 3rd week in December 2017

The PC wrote to WSCC re: the Smugglers Lane site, following my report last month. They have yet to receive a response

Affordable Homes on Garages idea is not progressing well. The Hyde Group who use to build these has taken a strategic decision to withdraw from the development of housing in rural locations and Adur Valley Court Lessees Ltd. who own 54 of the garages seem reluctant to consider the proposal. I sought advice from HDC but unfortunately they cannot pursue this as they do not have the resource to develop this independently. It is therefore looking likely that we will be unable to progress this idea.

Henfield PC have had an open day event on the 4th. Nov. and are holding a second on the 8th of Nov. They have 30 proposed sites two of which are in their part of Small Dole (the Wates site and Highdown Nursery). A resident of Small Dole thought it would be useful if the potential site included in our plan for Small Dole (Oxcroft Farm) was shown. I agreed, so this will now be included in the next Henfield event. They are also holding public meetings at the Henfield Hall for Developers and Landowners to make presentations. These meetings are on the 14th. and 28th. of Nov.

Following on from our Site Surveys (which we hope to discuss on 29th. Nov. ) we will be setting up Community Events in UB and SD in December / January to share our proposed sites with the community for feedback.

AiRS are holding the Sussex Community Housing Hub Launch – West Sussex at the Steyning Centre on 5th. December, Miles Carey and myself will be attending

Next NP Meeting will be held on 29th. November at the HUB UB.

Sean Teatum
UBNP Chairman

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