East Grinstead Society


Register of Green Spaces in East Grinstead

East Grinstead is an historic town with a variety of important green spaces, which enhance our living area and quality of life, and are highly valued by residents. They vary from formal areas, such as playgrounds, parks, allotments and playing fields, to tiny areas of grass and trees. These act as essential breathing spaces (green […]

Letter to East Grinstead Town Council regarding the East Grinstead Neighbourhood Plan Version Two

Dear Sirs East Grinstead Neighbourhood Plan Version Two We welcome the opportunity to comment on this document which we believe to be an improvement on the previous version. The points that we wish to make are more matters of detail, to strengthen the draft, rather than fundamental points of principle. We will relate these to […]

Letter to Mid Sussex District Council regarding the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031

Dear Sirs, Further Comments on the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031 We would like to make our comments on the Pre-submission Draft issued in June 2015. Some of these are a repetition of those made in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to earlier drafts of this document but they still apply and are worth repeating. In […]

High Street War Memorial Grade II Listing

The Society’s application to have the High Street War Memorial listed has been declared successful. The principal reasons given by Historic England for granting Grade II status were: Historic interest – as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the […]

Designation of the East Grinstead War Memorial

The East Grinstead Society is seeking designation of the War Memorial to mark the centenary of the First World War, to safeguard its position in the town, to recognise its local aesthetic significance and to underline the War Memorial’s importance in the context of Remembrance Sundays when large numbers of townsfolk gather to remember the […]

Comments to the Airports Commission regarding their consultation on the expansion of one or other of London’s airports

Dear Sirs On behalf of The East Grinstead Society I would like to respond to your request for comments about the options for increasing runway capacity either at Gatwick or Heathrow Airports. Some of these comments may appear to be rather specific to East Grinstead but, we believe, they are relevant to many communities in […]

Comments on the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031

The full letter is available to download here. Dear Sirs, Comments on the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031 We would like to make our comments on the Consultation Draft issued in November 2014. Some of these are a repetition of those made in 2012 and 2013 to earlier drafts of this document but they still […]

Letter to Mid Sussex District Council regarding area of land at the corner of Blackwell Farm Road and Holtye Road

The letter is available to read here.

Letter to Mid Sussex District Council regarding the Traveller Sites Allocation Development Plan Document

The letter is available to read here.

Letter to Ipsos Mori regarding Gatwick Second Runway Consultation

The letter is available to read here.

East Grinstead Draft Neighbourhood Plan – Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Document Consultation

Letter from East Grinstead Society Chairman N.J. Beale to East Grinstead Town Council regarding East Grinstead Draft Neighbourhood Plan – Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Document Consultation dated 10 January 2014.

East Grinstead Society comments on the draft EG Neighbourhood Plan

The East Grinstead Society responded in the following in letters dated 25 September 2013.

East Grinstead Society response to revised District Plan

In June MSDC invited comments on their revised District Plan.  See the Society’s letter dated 12 June 2013.

District Plan Proposals Maps

Comments were submitted on draft district Proposals Maps we understand are designed to provide a visual representation of draft District Plan policies. We commented on incompatibilities between the two documents notably differing terminologies and features on the map key not in the draft District Plan; also we suggested that to aid identification local areas of […]

District Plan

In commenting on the draft Mid Sussex District Plan published in October 2011, two issues were highlighted: Chapter 3, Overall Strategy; and Chapter 4, Housing Policy. In summary, that a future overall development strategy that depends for funds on East Grinstead’s very limited capacity for more house-building would not be sustainable. Unsustainable because the town’s […]

Neighbourhood Plan

In autumn 2011 the town council began consulting residents on what they felt were priorities for the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for East Grinstead. The society’s response was to the effect that the town council’s aim for East Grinstead should be to keep its market town ‘feel’ as a place where people like to […]

2012 Queen’s Jubilee

East Grinstead Society information display in St Swithun’s church during the Queen’s Jubilee celebration. Photo by John Bridle.

Local Heritage Week (LHW) – 1-9 September 2012

The East Grinstead Society’s Local Heritage Week comprised a variety of events and visits to local places of interest. It was the first time for many years that such an ambitious programme had been put together by the society involving other organisations and the town museum and library. The brochure (Local Heritage Week) was prepared and printed […]

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

In autumn 2012 representatives of the East Grinstead Society attended two workshops on the NP organised by the Town Council. A summary of our subsequent written comments follows. The Neighbourhood Plan in context Under the 2011 Localism Act to be valid a Neighbourhood Plan for East Grinstead would have to be agreed by over 50% […]

The Society’s AGM, October 2011

About 30 members attended the AGM on Friday 21 October. All committee members were reappointed. Mr Michael Leppard had previously indicated his wish to stand down after many years as our President. To mark his departure, a vote of thanks and a small presentation were made. Mrs Margaret Collins was given a warm welcome as […]

The Society’s Open Forum, February 2011

This annual event at Meridian Hall, East Grinstead, was well attended and heard the town mayor describe his experiences in office. His informative and interesting talk also provided background, following coffee and raffle, for the evening’s discussion . On planning it was felt that the introduction of the Localism Bill would result in lack of […]

Planning applications at East Grinstead

In February we opposed a planning application to build 117 homes at Ashplats House, on grounds of traffic congestion on Holtye Road and because the site forms no part of an integrated plan for the town. We maintain that the 2004 Mid Sussex Local Plan for East Grinstead is the current development plan document for […]

Localism Bill

Despite the government’s intention (declared in May 2010) to replace central targets with local housing assessments, the Localism Bill is unlikely to reach the statute book before 2012. In the meantime, planning applications based on the old South East Plan district housing targets are being submitted by developers. Such targets have no regard to local […]

A Core Strategy for Mid Sussex

At the Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) Better Environment Advisory Group (BEAG) meeting in December 2009, the council leader rejected a draft Core Strategy document as it did not “accurately reflect the views of members or best serve the interests of residents” and instructed officers to redraft taking into account views of stakeholders and Parish […]

Proposed development at East Grinstead

Housing target change In June 2009 MSDC announced a reduced 570 target for strategic housing development at East Grinstead to replace the 2,500 and associated relief road which the council has at last conceded are unsustainable and inappropriate for the town. The announcement of East Grinstead’s new target of 570 may distract public attention from […]

Schools Painting Competition 2010

There was a strong field of entries for this year’s schools competition run by the Society. The subject was ‘My Favourite Place in East Grinstead’ which attracted over 100 entries from two primary schools: St Peter’s and Escots. This was the first competition entirely for primary school children and was judged a great success both […]

Local Housing Assessment

Following the coalition government’s letter of 27 May 2010 addressed to all Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), future decisions on housing supply will rest with each LPA which will be required to consult with town councils, parish councils and local resident organisations, in arriving at housing numbers to be expressed as a Local Housing Assessment for […]

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The Society’s letter to MSDC commenting on the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is shown below. In brief we think that the SHLAA should be extended to enable comparison of sites across a range of key indicators including public transport, rail accessibility, road infrastructure, site locations’ effect on commuting and traffic congestion, future employment, […]

Schools Essay Competition

The coming of the Bluebell Railway was the topic chosen this year for Year 7 students to take account of the news that work is well advanced in clearing material from the former landfill site and restoring the Garden Wood railway viaduct. There was also an exhibition at the Museum in the spring on the […]

Heritage Open Days, Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September 2009

Almost 600 visitors were recorded at Standen and over 100 at Sackville College.  A most successful joint walk was held with the Felbridge Local history Group and all events attracted more visitors than in 2008.

Schools Poetry Competition 2008

The Society invited four schools to take part in the 2008 competition, the project being to write a poem. Two schools participated—Stoke Brunswick (with 17 entries) and Brambletye (with 22 entries), from two levels : Year 6 (under 11) and Year 7 (under 12). Judging was undertaken by three members of the Committee. The standard […]

Heritage Open Days 2007

‘Things can only get better’ the slogan goes and so they did for us during Heritage Open Days. In 2007, 1,090 visitors attended one or more of our 18 events. Standen was the star attraction with 579 visitors, followed by Queen Victoria Hospital with 205, Sackville College with 118 and St Swithun’s Parish Church with […]

Successful photographic competition

There were nine entries from Stoke Brunswick School for the annual schools’ competition, this year (2007) photographic, organised by the East Grinstead Society. Entries were judged by three members of the Society’s executive committee and an independent referee. The standard of entry was very high. Three prizes for the best entries were awarded at presentations […]

Proposed development of 2,500 homes at East Grinstead

Background The West Sussex County Council Structure Plan was adopted at the end of 2004 following an Examination in Public (EiP) in December 2002, at which this society opposed the Plan. An area to the west and southwest of the town was identified as a Strategic Location for 2,500 homes. Associated with the new homes […]