Northern Arc update on site progress (October 2021)

Please find our latest site update for the Northern Arc here.

Jackson Civil Engineering

Jackson Civil Engineering are building the Western Link road connecting the A2300 in the north to Jane Murray Way in the south, with new roundabouts built at the intersections with the existing highway.

During September and October, Jackson surfaced the road around the southern part of the roundabout. The Northern side of the roundabout will be tarmac surfaced next and traffic on the A2300 will be switched to this side during November. Further works will then be carried out to complete the centre of the roundabout and islands. It is anticipated that the final surfacing course is to be laid in December 2021 provided that the weather conditions are suitable to carry the works out.

Further ecological works have been carried out to provide newt fencing at the site of the link road. Tree removal works will continue over the winter months at West End Farm and next to Jane Murray way to facilitate the construction of the link road main carriageway and Jane Murray way roundabout. Jackson will provide new replacement trees, a higher amount than the number removed. The trees have been carefully selected to deliver the highest possible environmental value and to increase the resilience and diversity of the local tree population.

An upgrade and diversion to southern water infrastructure including construction of a new below ground “wet well” (water chamber) will also commence. Street Lighting will be installed in October and November 2021.

An image showing the resurfaced A2300 roundabout. - Burgess Hill
An image showing the resurfaced A2300 roundabout.

John Sisk & Son

John Sisk & Son will build the Eastern Bridge and Link Road which will join Freeks Lane to Isaacs Lane.

Since the previous update, Sisk have completed their site set up and constructed a site access road and entrance. The compound has been tarmacked and white-lined.

Earthworks contractor M O’Brien have started on site, helping to prepare the ground for construction.

Sisk have carried out further trial holes to analyse the composition and structure of the soil and confirm locations of utility services like gas and water pipes. Trial holes were completed on Isaac’s Lane with a vacuum excavator.

Sisk have had a site safety day and have also taken part in a career’s assembly at Burgess Hill Academy alongside representatives from Jacksons & Countryside.

An image showing a yellow digger on grassland at the Sisk site. - Burgess Hill
An image showing a yellow digger on grassland at the Sisk site.

Bellway

Bellway are the latest developer to join the Northern Arc. They will build 249 homes to the east of the site and develop some public open spaces including the Lowlands Farm extension to the Bedelands Nature Reserve.

Following public consultation over the summer and continued positive negotiations with Mid Sussex District Council about the details of the proposed development, it is expected that the reserved matters application will be submitted to the Council towards the end of October/early November 2021.

A street scene image of housing at the proposed Bellway site. - Burgess Hill
A street scene image of housing at the proposed Bellway site.

Countryside

Countryside Properties are building 460 homes at the Northern Arc, over 50% of them as affordable housing.

Since the previous update, Countryside have opened the children’s playground on Maple Drive for the local community to enjoy. The welcome 2,700sqm recreation area includes an activity area, play equipment, a Multi-Use Games Area, seating and landscaping. The playground features include swings, a trampoline, zip wire, full basketball court and a timber climbing frame with a surrounding turfed landscape lawn.

Apartment blocks 1 - 4 have been built with blocks 1 - 3 roof tiling completed and the internal works soon due to begin. Timber frames for several housing plots have also been erected and Phase 2 Piling matts are currently being installed.

Work to the culvert bridge has enabled it to open to site construction traffic. Landscaping and planting will follow over the coming months to re-establish the course of Worlds End Stream. The site compound will soon be moved to phase 2 and 3 to the north of the site.

An image showing a ribbon being cut for the opening of the play area on Maple Drive. - Burgess Hill
An image showing a ribbon being cut for the opening of the play area on Maple Drive.