There are two online sources for local weather news:
- The Pease Pottage Weather website, established in January 2011, provides trends, records, and current weather data for the village. (Update, October 2015: this page seems no longer to exist.)
- The Staplefield Anorak website includes continuously updated current weather data as well as plenty of other useful information for local residents.
For weather forecasts, see:
November 2015: 600 more houses
An application was made to build approximately 600 dwellings and several other buildings on the site of the Pease Pottage Car Boot Sale. For details, go to https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for application DM/15/4711.
There is obviously no chance that permission will be given for 600 houses, which will vastly increase the size of the village and add around 1,000 cars to the already busy roads. Presumably the idea behind making such an outrageous application is to soften up opposition to an application for a smaller, but still huge, number of houses on the same site.
December 2013: 52 houses at Buchan Hill
Horsham District Council refused a planning application for 52 houses next to the Buchan Hill reservoir at the western end of Horsham Road, by the Grouse Road crossroads. The company behind the application, Rural Eco Ltd, appealed against the refusal in January 2014, offering to reduce the number of houses to 50.
The proposal is highly impractical: there is currently no access for pedestrians from the proposed site, except by walking along the edge of Horsham Road, which is not possible during the rush hours. Inhabitants of the new houses would be obliged to add 50 or more cars to those already clogging up the severely congested road through the village.
Comments about the planning application may be made by 28 January 2014 to Horsham District Council, using the reference DC/13/2446:
- Online at: http://public-access.horsham.gov.uk/public-access/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: Planning and Environmental Services, Development Management, Horsham District Council, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RL.
Rural Eco Ltd do not appear to have invested in a website. They seem to be based in East Grinstead: http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/rural-eco .
September 2013: 95 Houses on the Driving Range
In September 2013, the owners of the Fairway Golf Driving Range, which has been closed since around 2011, optimistically applied for planning permission to build “95 residential dwellings” on the site. See planning application 13/01994/OUT at the Mid Sussex District Council website . The application is in the name of Riverdale Developments, presumably this company based in Morden.
Update: construction began in late 2015.
February 2013: Pease Pottage Residents’ Association
July 2012: Slaugham Archives Website
Barry Ray launched his Slaugham Archives website, which contains a large number of old photographs of Pease Pottage and the surrounding villages.
2012: Proposed Housing Developments
Redrow Homes (motto: “Our Pride – Your Joy”) have applied to Mid Sussex District Council for permission to build 51 houses on land adjacent to Black Swan Close in Pease Pottage. The proposed development is in addition to the seven houses being constructed on adjacent land by Hillreed Homes.
The proposed new housing estate would back onto Barn Close and the children’s playground on Horsham Road, and would extend westward as far as Cottesmore Golf Club.
Redrow applied in 2011 to build 68 houses and flats on this land. Their application was refused. They will presumably keep on applying until they succeed.
Some grounds for objections might be:
- Traffic congestion The village already suffers from a substantial amount of traffic, especially during the morning rush hour. Traffic jams are common between 8am and 9am, making it very difficult for residents to get in or out of the village by road. 51 extra dwellings would add noticeably to an already severe problem. If anything, measures should be put in place to reduce traffic through Pease Pottage, not increase it.
- Infrastructure Pease Pottage has more than doubled in size over the last 15 years, with the building of over 200 new houses and flats.
- Environment The new application would cover a large area of open land, and affect a substantial hedgerow.
November 2011: More Houses on Old Brighton Road
Thakeham Homes are proposing to build an unspecified number of houses and shops on land near Woodhurst hospital. There is also a proposal to build half a dozen houses on the land formerly occupied by the Grapes pub.
January 2010: Winter Wonderland
It snowed. For a few days, the traffic disappeared and villagers ventured out of their houses. Some people even started talking to each other. But things soon returned to normal. There are photographs of Pease Pottage covered in snow on the Gallery page.
2008: Closing Time
The Grapes shut its doors for the last time.
5 October 1837: Royal Visit
Queen Victoria passed through Pease Pottage on her way to Brighton, as reported by Henry Burstow in his Reminiscences of Horsham (1911), p. 41 :
We trudged on alone, through Roffey, hoping for a friendly waggoner to give us a lift, but none came along. At length we got to Peas Pottage, where we saw a large archway made of evergreens, with “VICTORIA REGINA” worked on it in various coloured dahlias; we were mightily impressed.