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3 December 2008
Countryside Properties has submitted two planning applications relating to land south of Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex which forms part of Horsham District Council’s West of Horsham strategic allocation. The proposals constitute a sustainable residential-led mixed-use scheme that will contribute significantly towards housing provision in the district and enhance access to open space and recreational opportunities.
An outline planning application covers the development of a mixed-use scheme comprising up to 1,013 homes of all tenures, a primary school, a neighbourhood centre including a doctors’ surgery, flexible business/retail units, parish office, public house/restaurant, open space including sports pitches and changing facilities, allotments, and associated landscaping and infrastructure.
John Oldham, Director and Group Chief Town Planner for Countryside Properties, says: “These plans are for a deliverable scheme which will provide a valuable boost to the area with much needed new housing particularly for families. The difficulty during these recessionary times is conceiving plans that do actually deliver and we are confident that these plans can be brought to fruition within a reasonable timescale. We are also planning to build the new homes to high levels of environmental sustainability.”
A separate ‘hybrid’ planning application has been submitted for approval of highway works including a new ‘grade separated’ junction on the A24 and an ‘east to west link road’ from the A24 to the A264 adjacent to Newbridge Nurseries.
The submission of the planning application follows discussions with the Council and extensive consultations with the local community and other stakeholders.
The proposed development fully complies* with the statutory Core Strategy Policy CP7. The following are the key features:
- The proposals maximise the potential for integration with the existing community of Broadbridge Heath, providing new services and facilities in an accessible location.
- The majority of the homes will be designed and built for family housing.
- The homes and community facilities would be built to high levels of environmental sustainability.
- A transport solution is provided that minimises impact on the existing highway network and features a new junction south of the Farthings Hill junction on the A24 and a 40mph east west link road for through traffic.
- The existing Broadbridge Heath bypass is downgraded and realigned to 30 mph in order to help integrate the new development with the existing community.
- Sustainable forms of travel are maximised through allocated pedestrian/cycle and equestrian routes with attractive road crossing opportunities.
- Land for a new primary school and for the potential expansion of the Leisure Centre, and a sports ground for Broadbridge Heath Football Club.
- High quality open space and linkages to the countryside beyond are incorporated.
- Opportunities for local employment are accommodated within the neighbourhood centre.
- Opportunities for enhanced shopping facilities are to be made available at the neighbourhood centre.
*The proposals differ from the requirements of the Council’s Land West of Horsham Masterplan SPD, but they are justified in the context of design and deliverability. This would mean there would be no further delays to the delivery of housing which is essential to meeting the needs of the district.
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Information correct as at 03/12/2008