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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 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 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. 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 for 500 new homes developed in four phases. Land for Phases 1 and 2 are already under construction 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 is 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.
The Heathy Wood Estate Management Company has been established by St. Modwen to manage amenities such as the green space, ancient woodlands, 3 miles of walkways, leisure facilities, recreational space, allotments and cycleways. For more information on the role of the Heathy Wood Estate Management Company and associated service charges, please download the below documents:
The scheme will deliver over £7 million in community benefits including:
The following planning consents have already been approved, and further reserve matters applications will be brought forward as we progress the scheme:
DM/19/5175 – approved Apr 2020: commercial phase 2 – construction of b8 building, associated hard and soft landscaping including parking access and ancillary works
DM/19/4504 – approved May 2020
DM/19/5081 – submitted Dec 2019 – amendments to parameter plans & changes to conditions 32 and 33
DM/19/4553 – approved Nov 2020 – footpath to A2220
DM/18/4321 – approved Jun 2019 – reserved matters application for residential phases 1 and 2 for 303 dwellings, and associated public open space, car parking and infrastructure
DM/19/0812 – commercial phase 1 – approved May 2019 – reserved matters application for B8 building, associated hard and soft landscaping including parking access and ancillary works
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
Reserved matters permission for the employment access road and southern landscape area.
Granted 19 April 2018
Infra 2 Application for Residential Spine Road and Drainage to allow for the servicing of R1 and R1 phases (303 units).
Granted October 2018
Application for construction of a B8 building, associated hard and soft landscaping, including parking, access and ancillary works.
Submitted December 2019
Reserved Matters application for details of the footpath/cycleway (phase A5iv) including bridge across stream.
Applied 29 October 2019
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.