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Services at a glance

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    • Green Belt

    • Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) & Special Area of Conservation (SAC)

    • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    • Nearby and of Relevance: South Downs National Park.

  • Albourne, Ardingly, Balcombe, Birch Grove, Bolney, Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Handcross Haywards Heath, Highbrook, Horsted Keynes, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Hassocks, Lindfield Slaugham, Staplefield, Turners Hill, Warninglid, West Hoathly and Sharpthorne

  • BN1, BN4, BN5, BN6, BN8, BN45, RH10, RH11,

    RH13, RH15, RH16, RH17, RH18, RH19

Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex is a rural District comprising of three main towns – Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath – and a good mix of large and smaller villages/hamlets. These are distinct communities with their own heritage, characteristics and aspirations for the future.


The District is a desirable place to live, benefiting from a high standard of living and a superb and easily accessible natural setting. The District is consistently ranked highly on quality of life measures.

Set within beautiful countryside, nearly 50% of the District is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and over 10% is within the South Downs National Park.

Local Authority at a glance

Mid Sussex

Planning Policy & Housing Delivery

Mid Sussex

  • Adopted Local Plan: District Plan 2014-2031, March 2018.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Numerous, including East Grinstead, Burgess Hill.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Local Plan review ongoing, with adoption expected by 2024.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Affordable Housing, Green Space, and Design.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 148% - Acceptable

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 1,100

  • Applications Decided: 1,050

  • Appeals Allowed: 13

  • Appeals Dismissed: 24

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 83%

  • Analysis: Mid Sussex District Council handled a significant number of applications efficiently, with a good percentage determined within the statutory period. The number of appeals allowed was reasonable, demonstrating balanced and robust planning practices.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS

Phone: 01444 477 566

Email: planning@midsussex.gov.uk

Website: Mid Sussex District Council

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