Muggeridge Field, just south of Athelstan Way, is the
property of West Sussex County Council, but is managed
by HDC and is effectively part of Chesworth Farm.
was bought by WSCC in 1973 for a school which was
never built. In February 2011 WSCC applied for
permission to develop the field with 70 new homes
despite the fact that an appeal for a similar proposal
was rejected some years ago.
opposed the planning application, which can be read
and you should also read
Moore's WSCT article which
explains the background and the implications of
threatened development; and John Steele’s WSCT article
Because HDC failed to determine the application within
the statutory time limit WSCC went to appeal.
The public hearing took place on 25 & 26 October, but
by the close of the second day there was still more
evidence to be heard. The hearing resumed
on 7 December, at Roffey Millennium Hall.
In January 2012 the appeal was refused,
thus saving the Field for now.
But while the planning process was under way, WSCC
gave notice that it intended to redesignate the land from education to planning which
is a legal ruse designed to extinguish any outstanding
covenants and prevent local people from trying to
register the field as a town green.
The Society’s objection to the redesignation of the
land can be read
Now that the County Council has lost
its bid to build on Muggeridge Field we will continue
to campaign to ensure it is safeguarded for the
future. The Society has written to WSCC
suggesting that it should be nominated as a Queen
Elizabeth II Field to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
Our letter is here.
SEE ALSO: Chesworth Farm»