Our Parish Council meets on Tuesday evening 13th June to consider the proposal that would allow up to 40 new homes to be built on this meadow,next to Brookview and Brooklands Way, on an area as big as the two estates combined.
The map shown in Sussex Local (June issue, p47) is wrong. The proposed housing area is actually twice the size and cover all the higher part of the meadow. It will bring more traffic and disturbance to our area and will almost join up Coldwaltham and Waterfield. Our country village is in danger of becoming just another chunk of suburbia.
You can find out more from visiting: The South Downs National Park website planning applications SD Local Plan Pre-submission papers (pages 238-242).
This meadow is full of flowers, butterflies and birds. It is the only flower-rich meadow in Coldwaltham and one of the most colourful in the National Park. Did you know that 97% of meadows like this have disappeared from the UK in the last 75 years? We should protect those that remain.
The National Park Authority is also proposing a carpark close to the entrance to Waltham Brooks Nature Reserve. The reserve forms part of the Arun Valley Special Protection Area. This means it is one of the most important sites for wildlife in Europe. There is already a problem with disturbance of livestock and wildlife and many more people living and visiting here will only add to this.
The National Park Authority already acknowledges that the meadow is a site of “high landscape sensitivity”. This is because it can easily be seen across the Wildbrooks from the Sportsman Pub in Amberley or from Rackham Mount on the South Downs Way. A new area of housing as big as Brookview and Brooklands Way combined, would certainly spoil the view!