Invitation to a Travellers Site Consultation

This message forwarded on behalf of Thuso Selelo in regards to the Traveller Site Proposal at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne

Plans to re-submit the planning application
3rd November 2017

Dear Sirs,

The Corporate Estates and Facilities Business Unit, Mid Sussex District Council, along with the current site owner, intend to re-submit the planning application for public and private gypsy and traveller accommodation (GTA) at land at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne.

We are therefore holding a public consultation and exhibition (flyer below) on Tuesday 7th November 2017 and invite you to meet with the technical and design teams on the day.

I look forward to you hearing from you in due course.

Kind regards

Thuso Selelo BSc (Hons) MBA MRICS
RICS Registered Valuer
Business Unit Leader
Corporate Estates & Facilities Business Unit
Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath
RH16 4TF

phone 01444 477 425

Working together for a better Mid Sussex

Traveller Site Proposal – Copthorne Village Association

This message forwarded on behalf of Copthorne Village Association in regards to the Traveller Site Proposal

Success for the CVA!

We’re delighted to let you know that Mid Sussex District Council’s Development Manager has now agreed with the representations first made by the CVA on 31st August, that the Old Hollow application should never have been validated as there had been no community engagement.

This means the application can’t now proceed unless a proper community engagement exercise is undertaken.

Extract from the letter sent to the applicant:

Copthorne Village Association
Supporting a Sustainable Future for your Village
Email: email
Website: website
Facebook: Facebook Copthorne Village Association
Post: The CVA, c/o Copthorne Bank Post Office, 6 Copthorne Bank, Copthorne RH10 3QX

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Crawley Observer – Gypsy/Traveller Site Plans

Anger over plans for new gypsy and traveller sites
12th September 2017 – Crawley Observer


By Sarah Page
phone 01403 751200

Angry residents are putting forward scores of objections over plans to site two gypsy and traveller sites on land on the edge of Crawley.

Mid Sussex District Council is proposing to change the use of the land at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne Road, Copthorne, to site 16 permanent traveller pitches.

It is proposed to build the pitches on two sites – one housing 12 pitches and another housing four pitches, along with access roads, a manager’s office, amenity blocks, drainage works, parking and landscaping.

But a flood of protests against the proposals have been submitted to the district council by people living in the village, as well as in neighbouring Crawley Down and in Crawley.

Many say there is already a new residential development nearby and that there is insufficient school places, shops, doctors’ surgeries and other infrastructure in place to cope with further expansion.

There are also fears the development would lead to increased traffic leading to further congestion in the area.

In a letter to the council, one protester, from Bowers Place, Crawley Down, says: “We have two huge gypsy traveller sites already – we do not need more.”

Another woman, who lives at Abergavenny Gardens, Copthorne, states: “I object. Why would we want traveller pitches put on that beautiful piece of land so it can get ruined. Copthorne is a small village and it’s built up enough already. We already have one site.”

A woman from Rustlewood, Crawley, says: “I believe that this will have a severely negative impact on the area, purely because the fields are used by many dog owners and the general public for walks.

“The Old Hollow is a country lane and by this proposal going ahead will cause the country aspect of the environment to diminish significantly.” She said she feared many habitats would be destroyed around Copthorne Road.

A man living at Old Hollow itself added: “The proposal will unduly urbanise the site to the detriment of the rural character of the area by being wholly out of keeping with the surrounding land uses.

“The proposal will also adversely affect trees within the site that help contribute to the rural character of the area.”

No date has yet been set for the planning application to be considered.

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