25 May 2017
HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX – Plans for a controversial housing development have now been approved following promotion and stakeholder engagement from PBA.
The scheme put forward by Liberty Property Trust will see the creation of 2,750 homes, a 46,450 m² business park and 6,000 m² food retail space on the land north of Horsham. The development will also include a secondary school, two primary schools and a parkway station, as well as local shopping facilities, leisure, health and community uses.
Plans for the development had encountered a number of obstacles, including local reluctance to a potential increase in traffic, concerns around flood risk and noise pollution and a lack of affordable housing.
Liberty Property Trust asked PBA to use its local knowledge, reputation and relationships to help them promote the development through the council’s Local Planning Framework process. PBA provided effective solutions to these challenges by preparing a non-technical report on transport infrastructure and flood risk, backed up by robust technical evidence.
Sarah Matthews, PBA Project Director, commented:
“PBA has been involved in the promotion of this development since 2011, compiling evidence and producing workable, cost-effective solutions to demonstrate that the site would deliver a sustainable development, preferable to other locations in the district. We are delighted that the plans have now been approved and will continue to offer support throughout the lifespan of the development.”
Liberty Property Trust’s outline application was approved by Horsham District Council by 26 votes to 12 with three abstentions on 22 May and development is due to start in Summer 2018.