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This blog is all about the residents of Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint trying to Protect Ham Fields. Ham Fields is the ancient name of the green space which remains between Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint, the so called Strategic Gap, also referred to as land to the west of London Road, Hassocks.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

E-mail from MJ Gleeson

Please see the following which was received this morning.

Mark Jackson
08:48 (4 hours ago)

to me
Dear Mr Credland,

Thank you for your email and indeed your earlier correspondence, all of which we have noted.

We were intending to respond, but wished to await the end of the consultation period as it makes sense to respond to all comments once we have understood the views expressed.

In terms of the consultation we have undertaken, whilst we note your comments, we disagree with them and believe that personal notification of neighbouring residential properties, liaison with the Parish Council and District Council has allowed us to understand the views of local residents and indeed the Parish Council and take these on board as part of the emerging proposal.

We acknowledge your organisations aspiration to preserve Ham fields and would be willing to enter into dialogue with you with regard to the form of development that your organisation would like to see on the site or any local issues that we should be aware of.  So far feedback from interested parties has been very useful in allowing us to develop the proposal further.

It is anticipated that the application will be submitted by the end of September where all interested parties will be able to make representations to the Council who will be determining the proposal.

If you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mark Jackson

From: Ian Credland [mailto:creders@gmail.com]
Sent: 03 September 2013 16:20
To: Matthew Richardson; Mark Jackson
Cc: kirstenk@midsussex.gov.uk; Alan Berry; Bill Hatton; Chris Bere; David Cumberland; Frank Rylance; Ian Weir; Jane Baker; Judith Foot; Leslie Campbell; Ms Penny Wadsworth; Paul King; Peter Gibbons; Steven Ecroyd; Sue Hatton; Sue Hatton; Bob Sampson; James Smith; John Lowman; John Wilkinson; Judith Marsh; Julia Shorrocks; Matthew Stokes; Neil Milton; Rodney Jackson; Rosemary Burns; Stephen Hand; Sue Bourn; Susanna Kemp; Andrew MacNaughton; Cherry Catharine; Chris Hersey; Colin Trumble; Edward Matthews; Graham Knight; Jim Knight; Mike Livesey; Mr Stephen Barnett; Ms Ginny Heard; Peter Martin; Robert Salisbury; Andy Petch

Dear Matt

I am absolutely certain that this must be an oversight on your part but I do not seem to have received a response from you in relation to the appended e-mail.

Yesterday I received disclosure from Mid Sussex District Council in relation to your pre-app meeting.  I have read your arguments with interest and to be honest find some of your statements beyond belief.

You seem to wish to convey to the Council that you entered into a period of public consultation, in my opinion such a statement is disingenuous at best, if not something worse.

You will see that I have copied into this e-mail all the relevant elected decision makers as well members of the Planning Department as I want to be sure they fully understand how little effort you are making to consult with the residents of the area.

Yours sincerely Ian Credland, Chair, Protect Ham Fields Group

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
From: Ian Credland <creders@gmail.com>
Date: 24 August 2013 17:31:31 BST
To: "mrichardson@mjgleeson.com" <mrichardson@mjgleeson.com>
Subject: Land to the west of London Road Hassocks
Dear Matt

I am writing to you on behalf of the large number of Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint residents who have formed a group that wish to preserve Ham Fields and other green spaces on the edge of the South Downs National Park with regard to the leaflet which was delivered to some (but not all) residents last week.  If you would take a moment to follow this link I think you will find it is a fair summary of how the residents feel:

I must say that the first letter that you sent to some residents; some of which were addressed to the wrong residents and some of which were addressed incorrectly, and this leaflet are of an amazingly low quality and quite frankly I am astonished that a multi-million pound company would choose to proceed in such an unprofessional manner.

Clearly if you would like to continue to the planning application stage for a development of this magnitude you would be expected to enter into a widely publicised period of public consultation and I am absolutely certain that your attempts so far fall way below the standards expected.

Please be under absolutely no misapprehension that a full record of your actions are being kept and at the appropriate time will be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities and decision makers.

I trust that any future communications will be of a high, professional standard and that we can look forward to being able to examine your vision at a full public meeting where you will be able to put forward your substantive proposal and demonstrate them with a scale model which will enable the residents to fully appreciate the proposal.  Perhaps you should consider hiring Adastra Hall in Hassocks for such an event and ensuring that you advertise it widely in the local press for several weeks in advance.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to do so.

Yours sincerely
Credland, Chair Protect Ham Fields Group

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