Horsham District Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will guide future developments in the Horsham District until 2036. The public are encouraged to have their say on the draft Local Plan during the public consultation from 17 February to 30 March.
The Government requires all local planning authorities to build a significant number of new homes in the coming years. This will present considerable challenges for the Council. A Horsham District Local Plan will seek to show how the District will deliver new homes while seeking to minimise the effect on the environment and landscape. The Plan will also support the delivery of community infrastructure, transport links and opportunities for local jobs.
Copies of the Draft Local Plan can also be viewed at the Council’s offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL and in all District libraries during normal opening hours.
A summary exhibition about the Draft Local Plan will also be available to view in Horsham Library between 6 and 30 March.
The Council is running a series of drop-in sessions across the District to enable residents to see a summary of the proposed options and raise any questions with the Council’s Planning team.
The drop-in sessions are detailed below:
17 February: Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW: 4 – 8pm
20 February: Ashington Scout Hall, Church Lane, Ashington, RH20 3JX: 4 – 8pm
25 February: Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB: 4 – 8pm
29 February: Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham RH12 1HQ: 10am – 4pm
3 March: Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Pl, Crawley RH11 0SZ: 4 – 8pm
4 March: Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9LA: 4 – 8pm.
Those who wish to receive updates, comment on the plan and give their feedback during the first consultation stage on the first complete draft of the Local Plan will need to register at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreview. All responses should be made on the official form and returned by 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020.
I do not underestimate the difficulty of this task, but if we are to have a new Local Plan ready for adoption in 2021 we need to work to a timetable and this consultation is part of that process.
I urge everyone to read the consultation document and to give us your views.