Client Comer Group
Location Fernhurst, West Sussex (UK)
Former industrial site to become high-quality wildlife friendly housing scheme in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
The Planning Committee of the South Downs National Park Authority voted unanimously to approve plans submitted by Comer Homes Group for the former Syngenta site, south of Fernhurst village, in West Sussex.
The 10.5-hectare plot was developed as an army barracks at the end of World War II, before being redeveloped in the 1980s as the UK headquarters for ICI. The scheme delivers a number of benefits, including the creation of new wildlife habitats, sustainable drainage and high-quality landscape-led design.
- 210 dwellings, a small café, a retail unit and a community hub to be provided.
- 20% of the new homes will be affordable housing, and three quarters of these affordable units will be social rented.
- 57% of the site will be green/blue infrastructure, including a new 20m-wide stretch of woodland running east to west across the site for 465m.
- A net zero carbon emissions development. Emissions to be tackled by improvements to the building fabric beyond Building Regulations requirements, photovoltaic panels and wood burning stoves.
- Net gain of around 209 trees.
- 10% of roofs will be green roofs
Comprehensive range of measures to protect species including:
- Replacement bat roost, bat, bird and dormouse boxes, information and educational packs for residents and improvements to adjacent Nature Reserve.
- Re-opening of a culverted watercourse.
- Approximately half of car parking spaces to be provided underground.
A range of sustainable transport measures, including:
- A 5m footway from the site to Fernhurst village, all dwellings to have electric vehicle charging points and a minibus service to Fernhurst and Haslemere.
- 10% of all dwellings to be fully wheelchair accessible.