Mile Oak is on the edge of the South Downs and as such has much farmland nearby; the Monarch's Way and Sussex Border Path long-distance footpaths skirt the edge of the built-up area. The first urban development occurred 1935 after the First World War, and the area grew substantially in the 1960s when Copperas Gap dockside dwellings were demolished. The inhabitants were rehoused to the area north of Portslade old village. Since the 1980s, Mile Oak has been intersected by the A27 dual carriageway, which has somewhat cut off the community from the rural surroundings.
Sport and leisure
In 2007, Mile Oak Wanderers were formed. They provide youth football for the boys and girls within the local community. Within a relatively short period of time, the club has grown from having one team of 14 children, to one of the largest and most successful youth football clubs in Sussex.
Southwick Hockey club play their home matches on the all-weather pitch at Portslade Sports Centre (operated by Freedom Leisure), situated on Chalky Road  The Sports Centre itself, features two sports halls, four squash courts, two exercise studios and a well-equipped gym. The centre offers a range of group exercise sessions, and is the base for a number of local sports clubs. In addition, the centre hosts a number of special events, the next being the Megaslam Wrestling show on October 14th.
- "Introduction to Mile Oak". Retrieved 26 March 2008.
- "Mile Oak Library". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014.
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