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Friday, 23 May 2014 10:11

Your local plan: links

Need to see the state of your local plan? Or to see the bigger picture emerging across Sussex as local authorities put their plans in place?

Local planning authorities must prepare a local plan which sets planning policies in a local authority area. These are very important when deciding planning applications. The government also requires local planning authorities to publish Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs). As they're published, this page will keep you up to date with Local Plans across Sussex.

Monday, 24 February 2014 17:08

Letter: Proposed Horsham development

The following letter on behalf ofof CPRE Sussex-Horsham District was published in West Sussex County Times 20 Feb 14:

The Editor
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7 January 2014

St Albans v Hunston Properties Ltd 12 Dec 13

The Appeal Inquiry which I attended today as a Third Party was adjourned until 18 February due to no-show of Horsham District Council’s barrister – he is unable to leave his home because of flooding.

However, in the prelims, which included clarification of issues, he made reference to the attached Court of Appeal Decision City & District Council of St Albans v Hunston Properties Ltd 12 Dec 13, here attached.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:03

Horsham & Crawley District Report: Winter 2013

Horsham District Council (HDC) in its ‘Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) Preferred Strategy - Putting the Economy First’ has proposed a housing target of at least 575 houses per year, amounting to 11,500 in the 20 year period to 2031.

28 April 2013

Emerging Local Plan: How many houses?

Horsham District Council (HDC) has yet to make public the number of houses that it will plan for in the period to 2031. However, statements made by senior members of the Council indicate an intention to set a huge number in conformity with that set by the South East Plan (SEP) even though the latter was revoked 27 March 2013. Unfortunately, these Councillors believe that a lower number would be rejected by the Inspectorate and that they have no choice but to conform to the SEP target.


4 April 2013

The following letter from Dr Roger F Smith on behalf of CPRE Sussex Horsham District was published in today's West Sussex Times:

Sunday, 28 October 2012 11:54

Update: Horsham & Crawley

Public Consultation on Horsham District Council’s  (HDC’s)Horsham District Planning Framework – ‘Preferred Strategy’, has been postponed until the New Year.

Monday, 15 October 2012 12:36

Update: Horsham & Crawley

Horsham District Planning Framework

Consultation on Horsham District Council’s Horsham District Planning Framework – ‘Preferred Strategy’ is imminent. ‘Possible’ strategic sites’ identified by HDC, all of which are greenfield, are as follows:


  • East of Billingshurst: 1750 new houses.
  • New Market Town: “Approximately 10,000 (total) ...2,500 of these delivered in Horsham District in the short to medium term”.
  • North of Horsham; 4,500 new houses, plus up to 300,000 square feet of business and office space.
  • West of Ifield: up to 2500 new houses.
  • West of Southwater: 2,500 new houses.


House numbers, which are likely to be greater than the South East Plan allocation, and the identified strategic sites have yet to be ratified by the Council. We will be taking part in the consultation.


With others, we are opposing outline applications for major developments on countryside at:


  • Billingshurst: Application to build 550 houses (phase one of a 1750 house development) was refused by HDC but has reappeared as a ‘possible’ Local Plan option.
  • Southwater: Application to build 500 houses on farmland, phase one of a 2750 house development, has been put on hold. The site is identified by HDC as a ‘possible’ strategic site – ‘West of Southwater’.


In addition we have objected to applications, which have now been approved, as follows:


  • Henfield: The second of two opportunistic applications to build 102 houses on countryside east of Manor Farm, Henfield, was refused. However, the first which went to Appeal on grounds of non-determination was subsequently approved by the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Thakeham: ‘Mushroom Site’ Two linked planning applications, one to build 146 houses on a redundant part of the site to help pay for the provision of new commercial facilities applied for on the remainder of the site, have been approved by HDC.


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