The new development will provide a balanced, sustainable and vibrant community. 

A range of facilities and amenities will form part of the masterplan to support the new residents. Two local centres are proposed with one each positioned to the north and south of the railway line. This will enhance accessibility within the new settlement and enable residents to undertake day-to-day activities within the new settlement and minimise the need to travel. 

Each will be sensitively scaled to reflect the number of homes they are intended to support and will be adjacent to a village square to contribute to the sense of place. The local centres will contain a cluster of supporting commercial and community uses, such as cafes, community rooms, nurseries or other facilities, with the southern local centre intended to also include a library facility. 

Adjacent to both the local centres will be a new primary school delivered alongside early years (nursery) and Special Educational Needs Facilities. The education facilities will benefit from good connectivity with access to the cycling, walking and public transport routes proposed as part of the masterplan.


The education provision will be designed in collaboration with West Sussex County Council to ensure it meets the needs arising from the masterplan and are delivered in a timely manner alongside the new homes. 

The character of the residential areas will be informed amongst other things by the housing type and density of development. The proposed density will vary across the site with higher density development of around the local centres and lower densities close to the Linear Park. The average density ranges across the site fall within four broad categories:


  • Up to 30 dwellings per hectare: Generally consisting of detached, semi-detached and short terraced properties that are predominantly 2 storey with some 2.5 storey.

  •  Up to 40 dwellings per hectare:  Homes will be 2-3 storey with apartments predominantly 3 storey with some 4 storey. Properties will be predominantly semi-detached, terraced and apartments. 

  • Up to 50 dwellings per hectare: Properties will generally consist of linked detached, semi-detached, terraced and apartments. Houses are likely to be 2-3 storeys with apartments in predominantly 3 storey buildings.

  • Up to 60 dwellings per hectare: Typically consist of terraced properties and apartments with some semi-detached dwellings. Housing will be in a more formal arrangement with consistent building set backs.

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