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Liberty Property Trust: why 800-acre site application is flawed

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:14

North Horsham site North Horsham site Photo from HDC planning portal

Developers Liberty Property Trust have submitted an outline planning application to develop 800 acres of countryside north of Horsham; the area was allocated as a strategic site for 2750 houses and a business park by Horsham District Council in its Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF).

DC/16/1677: Outline planning application with all matters reserved except access for a mixed use strategic development to include housing (up to 2,750 dwellings), business park (up to 46,450 m2), retail, community center, leisure facilities, education facilities, public open space, landscaping and related infrastructure. Land North of Horsham, Horsham, West Sussex. View and comment on the application on Horsham District Council website.

The application is to be considered and decided by Horsham District Council this coming Friday, 28 April 2017.

CPRE Sussex Trustee Dr Roger Smith has submitted three responses on behalf of CPRE Sussex objecting to inadequacy of the applicant’s Environmental Statement, regarding the impact that the development would have on the ecology and biodiversity of the countryside and its less than satisfactory appraisal of the site’s archaeological potential – and also the applicant’s derisory offer of only 18% affordable homes against an HDPF policy requirement for 35% affordable homes.  All three responses can be downloaded below.

Dr Smith also argued at the Examination in Public of the HDPF that the development of the site as proposed in the council’s draft HDPF submission was flawed.

Horsham District Council’s intent to develop the site was exposed by the West Sussex County Times (WSCT)  in December 2011. They invited Dr Smith to comment and the resulting feature was published by the WSCT 12 January 2012 and can also be downloaded below. Dr Smith's concerns expressed therein have proven to be correct.

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