Countryside named as first housebuilder at new West Sussex housing scheme, the Northern Arc


Countryside is proud to announce it has been named as the first phase housebuilder at Northern Arc, a new major housing scheme at Burgess Hill, West Sussex. The scheme will include the delivery of up to 3,500 new homes backed by Homes England, the Government’s housing accelerator, who announced a further £63 million investment into the project last week. 

Phase one of the scheme, which is being built by Countryside, will include 460 homes at the Freeks Farm area and will provide a mix of apartments and one to four-bedroom houses. Construction on site will begin in March 2020 and completion is expected from December 2020. 

The Northern Arc, which is part of the Government’s plan to support the delivery of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, is helping a new generation to realise the dream of home ownership. The funding injection which was announced in mid-March and comes from the Government’s Land Assembly Fund, will allow the construction of key infrastructure – including roads, a bridge, landscaping, drainage and utility works. 

The site at Burgess Hill is a strong example of how the £1.3 billion Land Assembly Fund is rising to meet the challenge of delivering more, better, faster home construction at a time when housing is a topical issue. 

The development received planning permission in October 2018 with 30 percent of the development allocated towards affordable homes.  

Phillip Lyons, Chief Executive, Housebuilding at Countryside, said: “Being able to influence the design and quality for the first phase of the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill is very exciting. At Countryside, we are incredibly proud to be a part of this fantastic project, working collaboratively with Homes England to create much-needed homes, but most importantly places people love.”  

Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director, Land at Homes England, said: “As the Government’s housing accelerator we’re using our land, money, powers and influence to make homes happen in the places they are most needed. This funding boost, alongside the appointment of the first developer, represents further great progress for the Northern Arc. We can now make move quickly towards starting on site and constructing quality new homes and facilities for the local community.”