Golf buggies considered for resident travel in new Mid Sussex town

The Argus: Campaigners protesting against new Mayfield Market Town Campaigners protesting against new Mayfield Market Town

It may not be par for the course thinking but planners behind a controversial new 10,000-home town have considered golf buggies as a way for residents to get around.

Mayfield Market Towns clubbed together for the round-about plan to use the 35mph electronic buggies in a bid to discourage car use and make its new town more sustainable.

The developer said it also considered other unorthodox irons in the fire such as a monorail or tram system before holing out for more conventional options such as bus services and park and ride.

Mayfield director Lee Newlyn, speaking at a seminar in Brighton earlier this month, said the firm had considered replicating an American model where electronic golf carts capable of travelling at up to 35mph could be used by residents along separate tracks to Burgess Hill station up to seven miles away.

However, Mr Newlyn conceded the system was probably best suited to a hotter climate than Sussex’s.

He told The Association of Women in Property seminar they “were not building cars out of the model” but providing other services as a superior alternative.

The proposed multi-million-pound project between Sayers Common and Henfield would create a new home for up to 30,000 people and take up to 17 years to build.

Anthony Watts Williams, founder of campaign group Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl, said: “The whole thing is a madcap scheme, driven by greed.

“We are not anti-development, but houses need to be built in the right places for our children’s and country’s future, not just a few people’s short term gain.”

A Mayfield Market Towns spokeswoman said it had explored a variety of suggestions ranging from golf buggies to monorails to trams for “innovative new ways” transport over the next 20 to 50 years.

She said: “Obviously as part of our sustainable agenda, we welcome any suggestions on ideas which help get people out of their cars.

“However, our current transport proposals are for a new Park and Ride at the Hickstead junction and high quality bus services to Burgess Hill and Horsham.”

She added following recent decisions by Government planning inspectors to send back development plans in Mid Sussex and Brighton, the Mayfield team had reiterated their offer to meet local councils to discuss how a new market town might help deliver housing in their areas.

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7:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

Baffled of Brighton says...

Also more suited to places where they will not be stolen or vandalised, which would obviously happen if they were parked at Burgess Hill station
Also more suited to places where they will not be stolen or vandalised, which would obviously happen if they were parked at Burgess Hill station Baffled of Brighton

7:45am Fri 20 Dec 13

true-brightonian says...

This whole plan is a monstrosity from start to finish. Complacent Argus readers must realise this is one of the few open spaces left between Brighton and Crawley and resist in whatever way they can. The idiotic golf cart talk is just a distraction, designed to divert attention from an ugly land grab.

The same thing goes for the £600 per month shipping containers for the homeless in Brighton which look to give Brighton Housing Trust huge profits through a housing benefit scam. Then they have the b***l to make the residents of these containers pay a £12 weekly service charge as well! Not every space needs to be filled with houses. To paraphrase, build houses and they will come.
This whole plan is a monstrosity from start to finish. Complacent Argus readers must realise this is one of the few open spaces left between Brighton and Crawley and resist in whatever way they can. The idiotic golf cart talk is just a distraction, designed to divert attention from an ugly land grab. The same thing goes for the £600 per month shipping containers for the homeless in Brighton which look to give Brighton Housing Trust huge profits through a housing benefit scam. Then they have the b***l to make the residents of these containers pay a £12 weekly service charge as well! Not every space needs to be filled with houses. To paraphrase, build houses and they will come. true-brightonian

9:03am Fri 20 Dec 13

hubby says...

I suppose you're going to have to house the immigrants somewhere,
I suppose you're going to have to house the immigrants somewhere, hubby

9:22am Fri 20 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

They are trying to get people out of cars. So let's use golf buggies instead!
Just as many vehicles clogging the roads. If they were to build a town for non-car owning people they might have some credibility.
They are trying to get people out of cars. So let's use golf buggies instead! Just as many vehicles clogging the roads. If they were to build a town for non-car owning people they might have some credibility. Sussex jim

10:09am Fri 20 Dec 13

Shockleader says...

Bonkers! Another parcel of the Sussex countryside concreted over by unimaginative developers. If they really want to get people out of cars at least look at some of the continental solutions - Freiburg in Germany or Assen in the Netherlands. But then again, this is West Sussex!
Bonkers! Another parcel of the Sussex countryside concreted over by unimaginative developers. If they really want to get people out of cars at least look at some of the continental solutions - Freiburg in Germany or Assen in the Netherlands. But then again, this is West Sussex! Shockleader

12:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Rosylocks says...

Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check.
Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check. Rosylocks

2:48pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bob_from_brighton says...

Rosylocks wrote:
Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check.
It's just a story to distract away from the MASSIVE development of agricultural land....don't get sucked in ;)
[quote][p][bold]Rosylocks[/bold] wrote: Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check.[/p][/quote]It's just a story to distract away from the MASSIVE development of agricultural land....don't get sucked in ;) bob_from_brighton

3:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

AngelicDevil says...

If they try and escape will a giant white balloon/ball stop them?
If they try and escape will a giant white balloon/ball stop them? AngelicDevil

7:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

bob_from_brighton wrote:
Rosylocks wrote:
Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check.
It's just a story to distract away from the MASSIVE development of agricultural land....don't get sucked in ;)
More to the point; as soon as these "green" vehicles are creeping along the roads, how much more pollution is emitted by normal vehicles crawling along behind in low gear? Witness the queues behind the electric recycling trucks staggering back to Lewes from Ringmer or through Offham on a depleted battery in late afternoon.
[quote][p][bold]bob_from_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rosylocks[/bold] wrote: Nuts!! How long would it take to drive seven miles in a golf buggy? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be, and cold and wet! These planners need a reality check.[/p][/quote]It's just a story to distract away from the MASSIVE development of agricultural land....don't get sucked in ;)[/p][/quote]More to the point; as soon as these "green" vehicles are creeping along the roads, how much more pollution is emitted by normal vehicles crawling along behind in low gear? Witness the queues behind the electric recycling trucks staggering back to Lewes from Ringmer or through Offham on a depleted battery in late afternoon. Sussex jim

10:09pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Man of steel says...

Shockleader wrote:
Bonkers! Another parcel of the Sussex countryside concreted over by unimaginative developers. If they really want to get people out of cars at least look at some of the continental solutions - Freiburg in Germany or Assen in the Netherlands. But then again, this is West Sussex!
I keep hearing about these, and other, wonderful towns on the continent, but having visited some, and searched them on Google Earth, I fail to see anything other than motorways, and cars everywhere.
Please tell me where to look so that I can see what you can see.
[quote][p][bold]Shockleader[/bold] wrote: Bonkers! Another parcel of the Sussex countryside concreted over by unimaginative developers. If they really want to get people out of cars at least look at some of the continental solutions - Freiburg in Germany or Assen in the Netherlands. But then again, this is West Sussex![/p][/quote]I keep hearing about these, and other, wonderful towns on the continent, but having visited some, and searched them on Google Earth, I fail to see anything other than motorways, and cars everywhere. Please tell me where to look so that I can see what you can see. Man of steel

1:30am Sat 21 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

This will be another giant Lego land development of depressingly ugly and I'll thought out buildings. What it should be is well designed, high density housing that reduces land take and is suited to public transport and cycling.
This will be another giant Lego land development of depressingly ugly and I'll thought out buildings. What it should be is well designed, high density housing that reduces land take and is suited to public transport and cycling. HJarrs

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