JANUARY 26 2024 – IS THE HORSHAM LOCAL PLAN IN SERIOUS BREACH OF ITS PRINCIPLES OF PLANNING ?

 

 

IS THE HORSHAM LOCAL PLAN IN SERIOUS BREACH OF ITS PRINCIPLES OF PLANNING ?

Can it be demonstrated the ‘West of Ifield’ strategic site adheres to the following key principles?

1. Is the design and layout of the development landscape-led, responding to, and complementing, positive landscape characteristics and qualities of the site and surrounding area? Will a strong landscape buffer be provided to any open countryside beyond the allocation to provide a robust, long-term defensible boundary to the development. Will development be designed to a high quality that is locally distinctive, using local materials and accords with garden community principles? Are proposals designed to bring forward healthy communities and lifestyles?

2. Does the masterplan identify key areas of biodiversity enhancement, demonstrating that a minimum of 12% biodiversity net gain can be achieved. Will the development avoid impacts on biodiversity through good design, responding and complementing existing features, and will any SuDS [Sustainable Drainage Systems] features be incorporated into the provision of biodiversity gain?

3. Is the development designed and laid out, incorporating character areas exhibiting a range of appropriate densities and building heights and typologies, to create a strong sense of place which respects the existing settlement and enhances the landscape qualities of the area, and provide Green Infrastructure within the site that provides functional links beyond the site, and contributes to the wider nature recovery network? Do the proposals demonstrate how they will deliver tree-lined streets within the new settlement and that appropriate management arrangements are in place to ensure their maintenance?

4. Will the development contribute to the achievement of net zero carbon through a range of measures. Will the development achieve this through direct measures such as the design and construction of development and the provision of alternative sources of energy such as heat pumps and solar pv with battery storage, together with indirect measures such as design of the development to minimise the need to travel by car. Is the Strategic Scale development also designed to minimise water consumption and contribute to water neutrality?

5. Will the development deliver high-quality mixed-use communities that provide a range of housing types and tenures, including provision for young families, older people, Gypsies and Travellers and enable the provision of lower cost housing models such as Community Land Trusts [CLT’s].

6. Does the Strategic Site allocation take into consideration the demand for self-build and custom build housing and provide enough serviced plots of land to meet the identified need. Is consideration given to marketing strategies to ensure local communities have first refusal on new properties reaching the market?

7. Does the development provide sufficient new employment opportunities through new employment land and through other opportunities to meet the principle of one new job per home. Are homes provided appropriately to accommodate home working?

8. Will the development deliver the necessary services and facilities that contribute to the development of a successful community? This will include, but is not necessarily limited to, education facilities including SEND [Special Educational Needs and Disabilities] and alternative provision, healthcare, community buildings, and leisure and recreational facilities and new retail centres. Will proposals consider how they can accommodate any District-wide leisure facilities that may have been identified.

9. Will this Strategic Site allocation deliver the necessary new infrastructure to support the new development, including provision of utilities, water supplies, waste water treatment and any necessary transport mitigation? Does the design development consider the future direction of refuse collection and disposal? Will the development provide full-fibre, gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure?

10. Will the development be designed to minimise the need to travel in the first instance and prioritise pedestrian and cycling opportunities? Will the development have a legible layout that facilitates other modes of sustainable transport and minimises reliance on the private car? Will the extensive provision for electric vehicle charging be incorporated into the development?

11.  Does this Strategic Site allocation identify long-term management mechanisms and/or arrangements to ensure the long-term success of communities which are created?

 

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LETTER SUBMISSION [UNPUBLISHED]

Dear Editor

Crawley Is likely to be voted the worst place to live in within this county, with many calling the town “a dump” – especially by those who have the luxury of living outside it.

Is this any surprise when the surrounding councils are dumping their housing allocation on the town – something which is happening right now.

Is this any surprise when the ancient village parish of Ifield is being destroyed – something which is happening right now.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds
The Ifield Society