Housing, jobs and community facilities FAQs
When will the schools be built?
Homes England are planning for a sustainable community at the Northern Arc, providing infrastructure and community facilities at the right time. The eastern primary school, expected to open in 2023, will be two-form entry with provision for early years and children with special education needs. The primary school at the centre of the Northern Arc is planned to be developed later in the scheme.
The new secondary school will be developed by West Sussex County Council, with Homes England providing land for the school and making a significant financial contribution towards the cost of the facility and towards local off-site sixth form provision. West Sussex County Council are currently finalising their programme for the new secondary school which is targeted to open in September 2024.
In June and July of 2021, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) ran a public consultation about how people thought the new school should be set up and who should run it. There were hundreds of responses recognising the need for school places in the area, with a significant number of respondees also mentioning the need for school places for children with special educational needs and/or a preference for early years places to be provided. It is expected that these facilities will be included in the new school.
Following the consultation, WSCC have invited bids from several multi-academy trusts which are currently being submitted. Once they have been reviewed, the WSCC Cabinet Member for Children and Young People will make a recommendation to the Regional Schools Commissioner and it is expected that the chosen sponsor (the organisation that will run the school) will be announced in Spring 2022.
Will there be affordable housing provision?
The Northern Arc will be a community focused development that meets the housing needs of local people. At least 30% of every phase of homes at the Northern Arc will be affordable housing. Of the 460 homes that Countryside properties are constructing, 237 will be affordable.
What type of housing will be delivered?
A range of housing will be provided to create a mixed and balanced community, with different densities and types of housing. This could include apartments, terraces, town houses, detached and semi-detached homes and extra care housing. The properties will range in size from one to four bedroom homes, including those reserved for 55 and over and fully wheelchair accessible homes.
What sort of employment space will be available?
The Northern Arc will include up to 24,000m2 of employment land to the south of the A2300, which would be suitable for a range employment uses such as offices, research and development and industry. It will maximise opportunities associated with the directly adjacent ‘Hub’ employment site to the west through encouraging business linkages and integration between new and existing residents. The wider development will also accommodate employment floorspace within the neighbourhood centres, which could comprise small scale office accommodation suitable for start-up and grow-on business. There are also requirements to deliver pedestrian and cycle access, vehicular access and car parking.
The creation of employment land in this location will maximise opportunities associated with the directly adjacent ‘Hub’ employment site to the west, encouraging business linkages and integration between new and existing residents. Homes England are committed to building a sustainable community at the Northern Arc, providing opportunities for new and existing residents to benefit throughout the construction period and for generations to come.
Will there be public open space for all?
A rich variety of attractive open spaces supporting biodiversity as well as meeting community needs for recreation and supporting health and well-being will be delivered. This includes extensive areas of natural open space encompassing the river valleys, woodlands and grassland areas (providing opportunities for walking, cycling and exercise) and three formal parklands located close to the Neighbourhood Centres to meet needs for children’s play, informal sports and passive recreation.
Will there be sufficient parking for residents and visitors across the Northern Arc?
Parking will be provided in accordance with local planning policy – it will include car parking courts, communal car parking, on-street and private provision. It is proposed that 30 public electric vehicle charging points will be located within the three mixed use local centres. It is also proposed that the development will include private electric vehicle charging points within the residential development plots.
Residential cycle parking will also be provided with up to 8,451 residential cycle spaces proposed on the site. Cycle parking to serve non-residential uses will be confirmed as the plans progress.
What type of community facilities will be available?
The diverse range of facilities at the parks will include allotments, a community orchard, play areas for young children, a Multi-Use Games Area and cycle parking. All the parks will be designed to settle into the existing mature landscape of the Northern Arc, diversifying the range of tree species present, safeguarding habitats and continuing wildlife corridors, and providing targeted habitat creation for protected species. Each of the parks has a distinct identity to reflect the character of the local area in which it is located.
The first park to be constructed will be the Eastern Neighbourhood Park, with plans for a developer to be appointed in Spring 2021 . At sensitive areas of habitat such as the extension to Bedelands nature reserve and the areas of ancient woodland, public access will be provided which is sympathetic to the needs of the area, allowing local enjoyment of the natural spaces while minimising the risk of disturbance to wildlife.
With regard to sport facilities, a Centre for Outdoor Sport will be located at the western section of the Northern Arc. It will include approximately 9 hectares of outdoor sports pitches, as well as supporting facilities to complement existing provision at the nearby Triangle Leisure Centre.