Rectory Woods Development

An exhibition of the plans for the Rectory Woods – new housing in the village centre

Bramble Hall
Wednesday 14th March
4pm to 7.45pm sharp

Balcombe Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan team, Julian Smith and Architect will be on hand to answer questions and take feedback on plans for 17 new homes on this allocated site.

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Joint Minerals Local Plan Consultation

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex. This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003).

Following public examination hearings in September last year on the submission draft Joint Minerals Local Plan, a number of modifications have been proposed and published to allow representations to be made on their ‘soundness’ and ‘legal compliance’, until 15 March 2018.

For further information on the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan, please visit

Please click on the link below to view Balcombe Parish Council’s response.

BPC Response to WSCC Local Minerals Plan Modifications Consultation Mar 18


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UK Power Networks Recommends – 17 Jan 2018

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

· Visit for the latest updates

· Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

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Network Rail & Govia announce 18 Days of Rail Closures in 2018 & 2019

Rail passengers across Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line was announced today by Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

The work in October 2018 and February 2019 is a key part of a £300m government-funded programme to tackle delay hotspots and boost the reliability of the railway in the south east, cutting delays and providing a better, more reliable rail service to the 300,000 passengers who travel on the Brighton Main Line each day.

From Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2018 and from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February 2019, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes.

The unprecedented access provided by these planned closures will allow Network Rail engineers to renew and upgrade a stretch of railway that is responsible for more delays to Southern and Thameslink passengers than any other.

Please click on the link for more information.





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West Sussex County Council Agenda

S T O P    P R E S S     9   J A N U A R Y    2 0 1 8  : WSCC have GRANTED THE APPLICATION

A meeting of the Planning Committee to determine the application below will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RQ

To consider and determine the following application:

WSCC/040/17/BA Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration. Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH

Please click on the link to see the full Agenda.



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Cuadrilla Application – Meeting

At the Planning Meeting on Wednesday 29 November Balcombe Parish Council unanimously agreed to object to the Cuadrilla application to Flow Test the well at Lower Stumble.

Please click on the link below to see the final document submitted to West Sussex County Council :-

BPC Cuadrilla Objection Nov 2017


Cuadrilla have applied for planning permission to flow test the well they drilled in 2013. As a village, we voted in 2014 that we did not want them back here. So, as a statutory consultee, the Parish Council is preparing an objection to this application. We urge you to do the same if you do not want Cuadrilla to return. Objections have to be in to the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) by 30th November 2017. To respond online follow the link to the WSCC website. Once there, click ‘Online Representation Form’ which is at the top of the screen.



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Balcombe Parish Council Response

Herewith the Balcombe Parish Council response to the Mid Sussex District Plan – Main Modifications Consultation.    Please click on the link:-

BPC Response District Plan Main Modifications Consultation Nov 17

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