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Whilst Horsham Denne Neighbourhood Council does not have any statutory powers to approve or reject planning applications in our area, Horsham District Council does have to notify us and take into account our opinion when making planning decisions.  We have a planning committee that looks at applications, visiting sites and takes into account the views of local residents.  This is an example of local people having a valued input into local decisions.

Planning issues can often raise emotive responses, especially where much loved buildings could be lost.

Horsham Denne Neighbourhood Council firmly believe in keeping valued local buildings from demolition.  If you have a planning issue you want to raise with us do let us know and if we agree you have a valid point we can make representations on your behalf to Horsham District Council.

What are local issues when it comes to planning?  It can be whole new developments (like the West of Horsham) businesses wanting change of use, simple house extensions through to tree felling or pruning.








Horsham Denne Neighbourhood Council's Planning Committee decides its response to Planning Applications within the 21 day response deadline when applications are notified to us by Horsham District Council.

The latest HDC weekly list of new planning applications can be viewed here

For information on applying for Planning Permission and/or advice click here


Current major town centre planning applications

Sun Alliance Offices DC/17/0684 - Prior Approval for Change of Use from Office to Dwellinghouse to provide 203 units, (174 x 1 bed/studio apartments and 29 x 2 bed apartments) - St Marks Court Chart Way Horsham (location map)  Approved

DC/16/1371 - The part demolition, reconfiguration and extension of the western part of the shopping centre to provide new A3 (restaurants and cafes) uses at ground floor level, a new Class A1 (retail) unit at mall level and Class D2 (leisure) uses above; construction of new mall and entrance; provision of an outdoor seating area onto Springfield Road; and other associated works - Swan Walk Shopping Centre Approved


Developers gag buyers over shoddy work Sunday Times 9th July 2017

Affordable housing pledges swept under mat Sunday Times 23rd April 2017


Piries Place Development

HDNC are keeping in touch with Reef Estates as to the progress of the redevelopment of Piries Place. We have received (11th May 2017) the following response to our latest request for information from Will Rohleder

"I can confirm that we are working tirelessly to bring forwards the redevelopment of Piries Place. We have had a considerable amount of work to undertake since planning committee, as I am sure you can appreciate, but we are making good headway. I can understand the publics concerns and I hope to start our publicity shortly which as you say gives the public reassurance and creates anticipation. We are currently finalising hoarding design and marketing information and I hope in the coming weeks we will be able to provide the necessary reassurance. With regards timescales we are due to appoint a contractor in the next three weeks, we have interviews on going. Works are due to start on site in July and we are looking at circa 15 month build period. The donkey is an important centre piece of the redevelopment and I will certainly make sure that this message is publicized."

Solar panel blazes ignite safety fears Sunday Times 9th July 2017

Planning for Older Peoples Housing - the shock of the new - Planning Advisory Service report

Loophole opens way for green belt homes The Times 13th February 2017

Green belt at mercy of developers, say councils The Times 11th January 2017

'Middle aged abandon 'Club 18-34' city centres'  Times 18th September 2016


July 2016 - Land North of Horsham - planning application DC/16/1677

Any planning application can be seen by entering the application number or post code or the street address on the HDC Planning website 

The Telegraph 26th Feb 2016 - 'Tens of thousands of new homes in greenfield areas to get automatic planning permission'

See here for the latest  Horsham District Planning Framework (November 2015)

The current Horsham Town Development Statement for planning matters for Horsham town states:

 "The aim of the Horsham Town Design Statement is to ensure that any future development and change in Horsham is based on an understanding of the town’s history and present character.

It builds on earlier Neighbourhood Character Assessments and draws attention to what is special about Horsham; its setting, buildings,streetscapes, open spaces, areas of special character and its links to the surrounding countryside.

The Design Statement sets out a vision for the future and provides guidelines to assist developers, planners, architects and members of the public wishing to build or renovate properties. The aim is to encourage high quality design whether for a small house extension or a large housing or commercial development.

The Design Statement has been produced by and on behalf of the community and has been adopted by Horsham District Council as a Supplementary Planning Document. It can be viewed here

December 2016 - Latest Planning application for Prewetts Mill is DC/16/2923  Roof extension including addition of 39 dormer windows to facilitate the creation of a third floor of habitable space, external alterations, including addition of cladding, alterations to fenestration and addition of balconies, and external works including landscaping. Application Approved by HDC 
 

22nd March 2016 Planning Appeal Decision for DC/15/0124 Prewetts Mill - Appeal Dismissed - read decison here

1st September 2015 Planning Appeal submitted against refusal of planning permission by HDC for:

DC/15/0124
Site Address Prewetts Mill Worthing Road Horsham 
Demolition of existing building and erection of extra care assisted living
accommodation including communal facilities and car parking (55 self-contained
units) Development affects the setting of a Listed Building.


Highwood – Berkeley Homes Development

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This major development east of the A24 is in the Denne area. Since it was first proposed in 2009 Horsham Denne Neighbourhood Council has worked closely with Berkeley’s, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council using our local knowledge on all the individual phases of the development. This includes achieving improvements on the design of several planning applications and regular site visits to ensure the work complies with the plans.Most recently we have been involved in discussions regarding details of the Southern Access road, which was agreed in the original Masterplan. This road will be for buses & emergency vehicles only and will exit onto Hills Farm Lane by the big bend. We have succeeded in ensuring that the bridge over the river will be routed to avoid removing one of the ancient oak trees. We are also determined that suitable access will be maintained for walkers to use the Riverside Walk path and cross onto the recreation area.The Northern Site is now mostly occupied, including the Extra Care Home and work will soon begin on the Southern Site between the River Arun and the railway line.We will continue to press for the implementation of the A24 junction as the only route to be used for private vehicles, once the agreed number of houses has been built.

Horsham District Planning Framework
The Localism Bill was given Royal Assent on the 15 November 2011, making it the Localism Act, 2011. One of the main changes coming through the Localism Act is the legal framework for the removal of the South East Plan and other regional planning documents. Once removed, it will be the responsibility of local authorities to determine and plan for their own local housing requirements.  Horsham District Council is in the process of preparing a new planning framework which considers the revised national level policy. This is to be known as the Horsham District Planning Framework.Neighbourhood Planning - in Horsham

The Localism Act enables Parish councils to produce a Neighbourhood Plan in order to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being within a designated area.  Neighbourhood Plans have to conform to the District Plan regarding the amount of future development but can determine the type and location; it is not possible to reject any further development.  There is a lengthy consultative and examination proces, followed by a public vote to approve Neighbourhood Plans.  Once in place they provide safeguards against unwanted development and bring financial benefits to be used for community projects.

Most of Horsham District has Parish Councils but Government legislation ignored all unparished areas, including those with Neighbourhood Councils.  In order to create a Neighbourhood Plan in Horsham, a separate organisation called a Neighbourhood Forum has to be set up.  Neighbourhood Forums are non-political and have to be fully representative of all people living in the area, working in the area and elected councillors.  Above all, there has to be community engagement including various groups such as local societies, residents associations, housing providers, faith groups, businesses etc.

The three Neighbourhood Councils have had lengthy discussions and decided the best approach is to initiate a single Forum to cover the whole of the unparished area.  In order to do this we had to create a name, a designated area and a constitution and then get approval from Horsham District Council.  The Forum will be known as


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An application has been approved by Horsham District Council for the designated and business area and we have applied for support from Locality which is the government advisory body for Neighbourhood Planning.

There is an enormous amount of work involved in setting up a plan that has the support of residents and businesses.  Individuals and organisations have been approached who have an interest in the future of Horsham and can volunteer expertise and general assistance.

To see how Bookham is dealing with this click here

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Please note that Horsham Denne Neighbourhood Council is not responsible for the final policy or decision making of either Horsham District or West Sussex County Councils.  We are consulted by them and have statutory consultee status with regards Planning applications in our area. We have regular contact with Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council and will represent your views on local issues.
You may email our clerk,  Sara Doy at denneneighbourhoodclerk@gmail.com

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