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Perhaps the most important aspect of the Society's work is the active part it plays in the town planning process.  We worked with the Neighbourhood Councils and North Horsham Parish Council to produce a Design Statement for Horsham.  We have also spoken out (with great success) against certain proposals for the Local Development Framework, and developments such as Ramsey Close green and Muggeridge Field.  In these pages we'll be keeping you up to date with our activities.

HDC's policy documents frequently contain references to the necessity of a high standard of design, probably in response to government exhortations to promote good design, but they have not always had much effect.

Over the years we have pressed the Council to set up a design panel of outside experts to provide advice on significant schemes but it has never agreed. Design panels are common elsewhere and HDC’s intransigence can only be interpreted as disinterest in the quality of design of new buildings. The result is too many poor and banal schemes which are not only disappointing in their own right but also set future developers a very low standard to meet.

Letters of Representation to HDC Planning Department

Nov 2017 DC/17/2511 Piries Place Car Park
Nov 2017 DC/17/2509 Piries Place Car Park
Nov 2017 DC/17/0015 Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane
Nov 2017 DC/17/2362 36 Richmond Road
Oct 2017 DC/17/2148 Century House, 100 Station Road
Oct 2017 DC/17/1856 124 Brighton Road
Sep 2017 DC/17/1983 Eversfield House, Chesworth Lane
Sep 2017 DC/17/1982 Eversfield House, Chesworth Lane
Sep 2017 DC/17/1911 48 Forestfield
Sep 2017 DC/17/1871 Holmes Park, North Street
Sep 2017 DC/17/1846 Land at 9-15 Crawley Road
Sep 2017 DC/17/1855 30 Comptons Lane
Sep 2017 DC/17/1802 19A Denne Parade
Sep 2017 DC/17/1774 Holmes Park North Street
Sep 2017 DC/17/1301 The Old House, 24 London Road
Aug 2017 DC/17/1689 Horsham Park
Aug 2017 DC/17/1607 18B-20 Comptons Lane
Aug 2017 DC/17/1530 27 East Street
Jul 2017 DC/17/1522 Piries Place
Jul 2017 DC/17/1482 79 Comptons Lane
Jun 2017 DC/17/1201 Land East of A24 Worthing Road
Jun 2017 DC/17/1181 182 New Street
Jun 2017 DC/17/0955 Tanfield Court, Guildford Road (2 pages)
Jun 2017 DC/17/0786 Trinity Hall, Rushams Road
Jun 2017 WSCC/062/16/NH Proposed incenerator, Langhurst Wood Road
May 2017 DC/17/1004 105 Comptons Lane
May 2017 DC/17/0896 41 Brighton Road
May 2017 DC/17/0880 Land at Rear of 80 and 82 Rusper Road
May 2017 DC/17/0871 Piries Place
May 2017 DC/17/0786 Trinity Hall, Rushams Road
May 2017 DC/17/06840 St Marks Court, Chart Way
May 2017 DC/17/0680 25 Highlands Road
May 2017 DC/17/0626 Sainsburys
May 2017 DC/17/0586 Pavilions in the Park car park 
May 2017 DC/17/0564 44 Spencers Road
Apr 2017 DC/16/1677 Land north of Horsham
Apr 2017 DC/16/2506 Piries Place (3 pages)
Apr 2017 DC/17/0586 Pavilions in the Park car park 
Mar 2017 DC/16/2937 Winterton Court (2 pages)
Mar 2017 DC/17/0291 Land South of Larchwood, Kerves Lane
Mar 2017 DC/16/2936 Land at Pelham & Waverley Courts, Bishopric
Mar 2017 DC/16/2733 4 Carfax
Mar 2017 DC/17/0262 30 Comptons Lane
Mar 2017 DC/17/0188 Land To The Rear of 28 and 30 Comptons Lane
Feb 2017 DC/16/2958 Land east of Worthing Road
Feb 2017 DC/16/2855 Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane
Jan 2017 DC/16/2506 Piries Place
Jan 2017 DC/16/2675 25 Highlands Road
Jan 2017 DC/16/2856 Proposed football ground
Jan 2017 WSCC/062/16/NH Proposed incenerator, Langhurst Wood Road
Jan 2017 DC/16/2923 Prewetts Mill

Archived planning letters»

Strategic planning
Oct 2017

Horsham Town Centre Vision

Dec 2014

Horsham District Planning Framework  updated October 2015

Oct 2013

Response to consultation HDC preferred strategy

Jan 2013

Response to consultation on planning guidance

Aug 2012

Response to consultation on improving listed building consent

May 2012 Draft Broadbridge Heath Quadrant Planning Brief consultation
May 2012 Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre consultation
May 2012 Draft Horsham Town Plan SPD consultation
Jan 2012 Horsham District Planning Framework
Oct 2011 Registration of new town or village greens
Mar 2011 Managing development in Horsham district
Aug 2007 West of Horsham Masterplan update
Jun 2007 Play strategy & action plan - letter to HDC
Jul 2007 Cootes Green town green registration
Jun 2007 Hadmans Close planning application
Mar 2007 Preservation of Horsham's Town Greens
Jan 2007 A design statement for Horsham
Jun 2006 Planning: Conserving our Heritage