SDNPA approval granted for Hillside Nurseries site development

The application for the development of the Hillside Nurseries site to provide commercial workspace and seven houses, two of which are expected to be affordable, was discussed at the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) planning meeting last Thursday 9th February. It was the main item on the agenda. Though Bury Parish Council still had a number of reservations about the project, it took the view at its last Environment and Planning Committee meeting that these reservations were not sufficient in themselves to maintain the earlier objection and was instead now in support of the application.

Cllr Graham Morrison attended the SDNPA planning meeting in order to express Bury Parish Council’s view and spoke afterwards with two Bury residents who both made representations. The SDNPA chair made it clear that the committee was not going to consider any suggested amendment as they had a full application and this officer’s report. The committee therefore resolved to discuss the application as it stood and the application was approved almost unanimously but with one abstention.

The next step is for the officers to complete the S106 agreement and to complete the wording of the conditions. For administrative reasons an extension of time has been granted for this process to be completed by the 28th of February.

Bury Parish Council will follow this project with much interest and, as it develops both in detail and with a programme, we will keep everyone up-to-date with its progress.