More than 2,000 villagers objected to a scheme by Weald Estates Ltd to knock down a building at 22-24 Keymer Road and replace it with five flats and a supermarket. Concerns centred on traffic with fears that heavy vehicles unloading grocery supplies would cause further chaos in a congested part of the high street.
District councillors threw out the scheme but the developer has gone to appeal and a planning inspector visited the site during the school half-term in February but villagers are concerned he didn't get a true picture of the traffic flows. The scheme for five flats and a shop was rejected on appeal by the planning inspector.
However, developers submitted a new application.
In May 2011 the district council refused the application by 8 votes to 1. However, the developer appealed and following a public inquiry the Planning Inspector ruled in December that the plans could go-ahead.
Hassocks Community Action Group has complained to the Local Government Ombudsman over the way the application has been handled by district planners.