Rex’s Notes July 2023

Councillor Rex Whittaker updates us for July.

Local Councils

After the recent May local elections both our local councils have now settled down to business as usual at the start of a fresh four year administration.

East Grinstead has a new Mayor in Frazer Visser – who has been very busy in his first few weeks representing the council with so many of our local community groups and businesses. Frazer is a local business person so if any of our local businesses are having a special occasion / opening / launch then they could consider inviting the Mayor – please approach Kirstie Hamper at EGTC on

New community building

The town council have recently completed the purchase of a small community building called St Barnabus Hall near Dunnings Mill public house. Once refurbishment works have been completed then the hall will be offered for hire to local community groups.

Anyone interested then please contact Alice Fletcher on


The planning world is always moving – and currently it is a very busy period.

Barratt David Wilson have submitted a detailed planning application for 200 houses at 71 Crawley Down road Felbridge ( site is behind the Felbridge bowling green and tennis courts ). Full details of the application reference DM / 23 / 0810 can be viewed on the MSDC on – line planning portal.

Welbeck Strategic Land will soon be submitting an outline planning application for a very large mixed use scheme behind Imberhorne School off Imberhorne Lane East Grinstead. This comprises up to 550 houses , new sports facilities , new primary school , new health building , allotments , and a large country park. The scheme was recently presented to the East Grinstead Town council planning committee ( ahead of the application ) and can be viewed on a you tube recording via the Town council website.

Outline planning permission has recently been approved by MSDC for a new 85 room care home facility at Highfields in West Hill East Grinstead. The planning application reference is DM / 23 / 0007 and details can be viewed via the MSDC on – line planning portal. A detailed full application is expected later this year.

Mid Sussex District Council have also been busy allocating further substantial  corporate grants via community grants and release of larger S 106 contributions.

A total of 27 K in nine awards for community grants – and 493 K in six awards for release of S 106 developer contributions. Full details can be viewed on the MSDC website as well as guidance on how future applications can be made and assessed. These applications are adjudicated by officers and then considered by the Cabinet Grants Panel three times per year.

Author: Lisa Thompson
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