Posted on 17th December 2015
As you may have seen in the local press, St Catherine’s Hospice has been donated a plot of land by Mr Bill Bridges to build a new hospice in Pease Pottage. Mr Bill Bridges and his development partner, Thakeham Homes, have now submitted plans for the 112 acre site which includes the new St Catherine’s facility and up to 600 homes. The proposals put forward to Mid Sussex District Council include:
Mid Sussex District Council are now running a consultation on the plans, encouraging members of the public to give their views. The comments received by the council will be taken into account by the planning committee when deciding whether to approve the application. We need your support! We are asking for your help to make sure that the Council receives as many comments in support of the plans as possible. It is only in this way that we have a chance of securing this exciting possible legacy of land, which is only valuable to us if we secure planning approval to build on it. So, to help St Catherine’s secure the new site and achieve the planning permission we need, please do comment online through the Council’s website here, or by writing to:
Planning Department, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS
Please quote the application reference number DM/15/4711 when writing.
Why is it important? Because St Catherine’s currently cares for less than half the number of people needing our support in the area and we want the new hospice building to:
We believe that one of the largest benefits of the plans is that St Catherine’s will be at the heart of a thriving community. Therefore, when you are writing to the Council, you may want to mention other aspects of the development as well, such as:
We have until 1 January to submit our comments to Mid Sussex District Council so please do take a few moments to support our application and encourage your friends and family to do the same. With your support we have a greater chance of reaching more people affected by death and dying in our community.
Giles Tomsett, St Catherine’s Hospice Chief Executive.
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."