Save our rewilded nature haven from development

Save our rewilded nature haven from development

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Stop Mid Sussex District Council destroying local rewilded nature haven (development site SA13)

Please help the people of Burgess Hill and neighbouring villages save this very special rewilded nature haven from being destroyed.

This short film on our Youtube Channel shows you why it is so precious...

Located at the edge of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, and officially known as "SA13", Mid Sussex District Council want to allocate this land for development.  But this is not your typical development plot, it's not just an empty field or disused industrial site, it's exactly the type of greenfield site that the government says should NOT be built on.

There's an ancient field system that has been left without human interference, chemicals or ploughing for decades.   Nature has been allowed to do her own thing and the land is thriving, filled with native flora and fauna. It's now a flourishing nature corridor providing safe passage to numerous listed native and migrating birds from nightingales and cuckoos to swifts and green woodpeckers.  Its ponds have been categorised as having some of the largest colonies of great crested newts in the area, as well as adders, slow worms and lizards.  Critically endangered mammals such as hazel dormice and serotine and other bats, have also been reported.

Despite repeated pleas from the local community, Burgess Hill Town Council, and our local MPs, Mid Sussex District Council are still moving forward with their plans to invite developers to bulldoze this precious natural resource. Even the South Downs National Park Authority itself has repeatedly expressed concerns that the proposed development could ruin the unique landscape character of the area and the setting of the National Park.

It's all for nothing. This site is not needed as Mid Sussex has allocated enough sites to fulfil its legal housing requirement without SA13.  So, we are once more appealing to MSDC not to take this site forward, listen to the local community who treasure it, and remove it from the site allocation DPD.

How can Mid Sussex District Council justify destroying wildlife, releasing tons of carbon from the fertile soil, while also harming the unique and treasured landscape of the South Downs?  They are destroying a perfect example of a rewilded nature haven, while at the same time trumpeting the fact that they’ve signed up to the Blue Campaign to rewild Britain...

It makes no sense.

We’re desperate to highlight the damage that is about to be done to this vital local biosphere.

If you also feel strongly about councils and developers concreting over the countryside, destroying safe spaces for nature, and if you're worried about what this irreversible damage means for us and future generations, please help.

Please, sign our petition - it will only take a few seconds of your time, but the damage to the environment would last forever...

 

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