Describing it as an alternative to the Star Fields proposals which they say will ‘damage the village forever’ long standing Lingfield residents Andrew and James Telfer are touting their plans for their Lingfield Gardens development.
The Star Fields project for housing is the subject of a public meeting in Lingfield’s parish church on September 5 and the Telfer family, Andrew and James, have put forward Lingfield Gardens on a site in East Grinstead Road saying: “Our family wants to give back to our village through our Lingfield Gardens development. We genuinely want to engage with the local community to provide what is actually needed
“We will develop the site ourselves to ensure that we fulfil our promises right to the end
Unlike many other developers, we will not sell the site on to the highest bidder
Without your help now, the Star Fields will be allocated in our final Local Plan
This will damage our village forever.”
Portraying Lingfield Gardens as the answer to the village’s housing, the Telfers say they introduce new amenity including dog walks and kids play zone.
They would encourage sustainable forms of transport and reduced car ownership through a car club
Simplify residents lives, supported by a web-based IT solution and on site staff
Fully retain rural character when entering/exiting the village.
The site they claim would be virtually invisible from current views, designed to ‘invite the Green Belt in’ and have no impact on church views
Andrew Telfer said: “We are exploring whether a new Lingfield Surgery could be included at Lingfield Gardens. Our plans are aimed at much needed retirement and two-three bed houses which should inherently help restrict incremental road and rail usage
“We have lived in the area for 20 years and understand the pressures on local housing and infrastructure. We are not an outside developer or major housebuilder driven by profit; we care about Lingfield and have a ‘social heart’. Our careful renovation of Lingfield House over many years, exemplifies our attention to detail and deep desire to retain historical character.
“If our development were to proceed, we promise to develop the site ourselves into something that is truly sustainable and complementary to the village for residents and local businesses. The site’s scale and proximity to the village centre offers an unrivalled opportunity to do something different. Our approach is focused on people and the experience we can create for them whether as a new or existing Lingfield resident.”
The new homes, say the Telfers, will focus on catering for retired people and families seeking affordable two or three bedroom homes
Mr Telfer continued: “Our masterplan designs will draw upon the rich historical character of Lingfield and retain Lingfield House, originally home to the entrepreneurial Victorian Mortar family and their extensive apple orchard business. The masterplan will seek to raise the ‘quality bar’ especially when compared with residential expansion over the last 60 years.
“Our designs for Lingfield Gardens are organised to ‘invite in’ local people and the surrounding countryside whilst the development will be almost invisible from East Grinstead Road. The retention of Lingfield House, partly converted to apartments aimed at retirees and to serve as a base for our on-site staff, will promote the resident / community experience, and the large indoor fitness suite and residents lounge / dining room.
“ The heart of community assets will be delivering beautifully landscaped gardens as public open space for use by residents and the wider Lingfield community. There will be increased public space areas to include a kids zone play area.”
Lingfield Gardens homes would be aimed at retirees, around 40 apartments closest to the village to the north, and 59 houses for families / young people through mostly affordable two and three bedroom homes.
Photos show Andrew and James Telfer and the site of the proposed Lingfield Gardens