Northern Arc Monthly Site Update: November

Please find our monthly Northern Arc update for November 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.

Since the previous update, street lighting and signage have now been installed and landscaping to the centre of the roundabout has been completed. Earthworks have been carried out for verges.

Site preparation has continued at Jane Murray Way to facilitate the construction of the link road main carriageway and Jane Murray Way roundabout. Jackson will provide new replacement trees and will plant more trees than they have removed. The new trees have been carefully selected to deliver the highest possible environmental value and to increase the resilience and diversity of the local tree population – and they’ll be planted at the start of the growing season next year.

Jackson have also been constructing kerbing to the east island of the new roundabout and to the Northern roundabout

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

John Sisk and 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 progressed with earthworks on site, helping to prepare the ground for construction. A temporary haul road and pedestrian footpath has also been built on site and drainage works have begun. Sisk have also taken part in local volunteering at Mid Sussex Community Gardens, where site clearance works were undertaken, and a vehicle hardstanding was constructed.

Sisk have recently registered the site with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry. Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

An image of draining works taking place using a digger - Burgess Hill
An image of draining works taking place using a digger

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.

Bellway and Homes England have now jointly submitted a reserved matters application seeking approval for the detailed design and landscaping of 247 homes to be built on land to the east of Isaacs Lane and at Lowlands Farm as part of the Northern Arc urban expansion at Burgess Hill. The application also includes details of relevant sections of the Green Circle and an extension to Bedeland’s Nature Reserve.

The application was validated by Mid Sussex District Council on 5th November 2021 and it is expected that the application will be determined early in the new year with construction work to begin in Spring 2022, subject to the application being approved. You can view the proposals for 247 homes , public open spaces and an extension to the Bedelands nature reserve at https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ (the application reference number is DM/21/3870).

Bellway’s Freephone Community Information number is 0800 294 1304 and they can respond to enquiries on the proposals. View the submitted layout and artist impressions of the scheme on the project website www.bellwaynorthernarc.co.uk.

An image of a street scene showing houses and green space - Burgess Hill
An image of a street scene showing houses and green space

Countryside Properties

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

Since the previous update, progress has been made on the first phase of housing and all units are now in construction. Apartment blocks have been built to roof level, with a significant number having plumbing and electrics now too. The remaining timber frames for homes to the south of the site will be arriving soon .

To the north of the site, piling works have gone ahead in preparation for laying foundations.

Works to culvert bridge between the north and south sides of the site are now completed and the site compound has been relocated to the northern section. Works to the spine road are continuing and the ground has been prepared and levelled.

An image showing an arial view of Phase 1 of the Countryside site - Burgess Hill
An image showing an arial view of Phase 1 of the Countryside site