Heathy Wood


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Heathy Wood is a new community of 500 new homes set in woodlands on the western edge of the mid-Sussex village of Copthorne. Close to Gatwick Airport and Crawley, but also hidden amongst mature and ancient woodland near to, and connected to, Copthorne Village.

This superb development will create a special place to live with leisure facilities to include sporting recreational space, allotments, open spaces and a cycleway. New community amenities including a proposed new doctors' surgery and a new primary school is also consented.

St. Modwen is the master developer delivering significant road, amenity and green infrastructure. As a group St. Modwen leads the way in delivering a high-quality environment to live and work across the UK, and at Heathy Wood space that will create new homes and business space for people to enjoy and be proud of.

A brand-new access route into the site from the A264, just off Junction 10 of the M23 is being delivered in 2018. Site-wide road, utility and green infrastructure are being provided to deliver serviced development land to the housebuilding market. The first phases of development commenced in late 2018.

St. Modwen Homes will deliver the new homes reflecting the woodland and mid Sussex character and tradition. The earliest house completions on the site are anticipated in early 2020, welcoming the first of 500 new homeowners to the area.


Outline planning consent was granted in June 2016 and Heathy Wood in total will provide 500 new homes developed in four phases. Land for Phases 1 and 2 are already being marketed to housebuilders and will provide around 300 homes, with over 90 affordable homes.

In February 2018 a survey was undertaken to district and town councillors, as well as local groups and organisations, to determine the name of the new residential community.

The choice was Heathy Wood: it stays true to the historical name of the site 'Heathy Ground', while reflecting the natural landscape of the area. The green and leafy brand will be the foundation for creating a sustainable and healthy community.


Heathy Wood is just 30 miles outside London and is really well connected and very accessible. It is situated adjacent to Junction 10 of the M23 and 9 miles from Junction 7 of the M25. The main vehicle access is via a new roundabout, which will be built on the A264.

The adjoining village of Copthorne can be accessed by cycle and pedestrian paths, as well as by road. Copthorne offers local amenities which include a public house, post office, shops, village hall and a golf course.

While Heathy Wood has easy access to London, it boasts the open countryside and natural beauty inherent to Mid Sussex. Nature walks and trails surround the site, including the Worth Way, the Bluebell Railway and the Ashdown Forest.

Scheme Benefits

The scheme will deliver over £7 million in community benefits including:

  • Providing land for a new primary school
  • Contributing to secondary education in the area
  • Contributing to sixth form education in the area
  • Contributing towards redevelopment of East Grinstead library
  • Providing a public transport subsidy towards local bus services
  • Providing a site for a new GP surgery or a contribution towards improvement of local healthcare facilities
  • Contributing towards improvement of local sports facilities in Copthorne
  • Contributing towards improvement of community hall facilities in Copthorne
  • Providing 50 acres of green space
  • Providing a Local Play Area (Phases 1+2) + Neighbourhood Play area (Phase 4)
  • Delivering 3 miles of new walkways and cycleways
  • Retaining 13.3 acres of woodland


The following planning consents have already been approved, and further reserve matters applications will be brought forward as we progress the scheme:

Outline planning permission for 500 homes, employment land, primary school, doctors surgery, public open space, allotments, landscape, infrastructure, pedestrian and cycle access, main access to A264, secondary access to Shipley Bridge Lane.
Granted 25 May 2016
Ref 13/04127/OUTES

Reserved matters permission for the employment access road and southern landscape area.
Granted 19 April 2018
Ref DM/17/4875

Update to parameter plans (non material amendment).
Granted 28 March 2018
Ref: DM/18/0500

Update to parameter plans (non material amendment).
Granted 28 March 2018
Ref: DM/18/0500

Reserved matters application for earthworks to create a development plateau on the employment land.
Granted October 2018
Ref: DM/18/1098

Infra 2 Application for Residential Spine Road and Drainage to allow for the servicing of R1 and R1 phases (303 units).
Granted October 2018

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Reserved matters application to discharge planning conditions regarding the outline planning for up to 500 homes, a primary school and doctors surgery, public open space, allotments, associated landscaping, and infrastructure.
Granted April 2019
Ref: DM/19/1119

Reserved matters application to discharge planning conditions regarding the outline planning consent for B8 warehousing, service yard and parking.
Granted July 2019
Ref: DM/19/1179

Key Milestones

Access Road

Technical Approval

April 2018

Access Road

Start on Site

April 2018


Residential Spine Road and Infrastructure Application

May 2018


Residential Land Sales

October 2018


Completion of Access Infrastructure

Dec 2018


Housebuilders Start on Site

June 2019


House Completions Start

Early 2020

About St. Modwen

St. Modwen has a track record of over 30 years' experience and a history and expertise rooted in the regeneration and renewal of spaces. We look for better and lasting results for all concerned and we take on the challenges that others cannot, breathing new life into places to create new and better opportunities.

We transform, optimise and improve, turning spaces into places that benefit the people who live and work there. Our purpose is to give new meaning to those communities we build and the environments we develop.


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