Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016
Outline plans for a village extension involving 120 new homes at Sayers Common in West Sussex originally refused by Mid-Sussex District Council have been rejected by Clark.
He redetermined the proposals after a High Court challenge by the developer Woodcock Holdings quashed a refusal by Clark’s predecessor.
The SoS disagreed with the inspector’s recommendation that the scheme should be allowed. The SoS acknowledged that the scheme would provide much needed housing, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, but argued those benefits did not outweigh the fact that the proposals were in conflict with both the local plan and the adopted neighbourhood plan. He also cited harm to a Grade 11 listed building.