Consultation to inform outline planning application in the summer
Plans for a mixed-use and sustainable new community at North of Horsham were unveiled to the local community at a two-day public exhibition last week (17 and 18 April).
The proposals, being brought forward by Liberty Property Trust, attracted around 900 local people who came to view the draft plans, ask questions and provide their feedback.
At the exhibition, Liberty consulted on its proposals for around 2,500 homes to help meet local needs. Alongside new homes will be 500,000 sq ft of modern, energy efficient and flexible office space, which will create up to 4,000 job opportunities and help Horsham become a key driver of economic growth for the region.
The proposals are in line with the Horsham District Planning Framework which requires North of Horsham to provide much of the solution for the district’s long-term housing and economic growth.
Andrew Blevins, Managing Director of Liberty, said:
“We were pleased so many local residents came to our exhibition to ask questions and share their views. We are committed to making North of Horsham a great place to live, work and play and we want the local community to help shape our plans.
“North of Horsham will provide around 2,500 homes to meet local needs supported by jobs, schools, green spaces and associated infrastructure and amenities.
“Feedback from the consultation will help us ensure we provide facilities wanted by local people, so North of Horsham becomes a valued addition to the town.
“We are committed to consulting the community every step of the way and I would encourage all Horsham residents to go online, fill out our feedback form and have their say.”
New homes and offices at North of Horsham will be supported by extensive new infrastructure and amenities, including local shops, schools, doctors’ surgeries and community centres, as well as recreation facilities for the whole town to use.
The development will be set within extensive open green spaces with around 40 per cent of the new community remaining undeveloped to be transformed into managed parkland, a nature park, woodlands, meadows and sports pitches.
Liberty is committed to ensuring the new community is fully integrated with Horsham and will be improving connections to the town centre so existing shops, businesses and amenities can benefit from the increased footfall and wider customer base.
The consultation, which aims to get residents’ views on a range of issues – including the size, type and design of new homes, community facilities and sports provision – will run until Tuesday 5 May. All the information unveiled at the exhibition is available on the North of Horsham website – www.landnorthofhorsham.co.uk – along with an online feedback form.