DC/16/1677 – Development on land north of Horsham

Notes of a meeting of all working parties held on 28th September 2016 at 10.30am at Roffey Millennium Hall

Purpose:- three working parties appointed to jointly develop a full response to the outline planning application recently submitted for development north of Horsham (DC/16/1677). The application includes housing (up to 2,750 dwellings), a business park (up to 46,450 m2), retail, community centre, leisure facilities, education facilities, public open space, landscaping and related infrastructure and has reserved matters except for access.
Remit:- to review comments put forward so far to enable the first draft of a submission to be developed. To gain a greater understanding of the concerns expressed by West Sussex County Council in its role as Local Highway Authority.
Working Group Members:- Nicholas Butler, Roland Knight, Richard Millington, Helen Ralston, Ray Turner*,  Roger Wilton*, Frances Haigh*, Tony Rickett, Sally Wilton, Martin Loates, David Searle, Ian Wassell. Resident Mr Laurie Holt. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) – Principal Planner (Highways) Mr Ian Gledhill.
*Denotes present
Mr Gledhill led the submission from WSCC Highways responding to the consultation on DC/16/1677. Members of the working party had seen a copy of the submission and outlined the main concerns that had been raised at previous Parish Council working party meetings, some of which had synergy with issues raised in WSCC’s comments to Horsham District Council (HDC).
Mr Gledhill gave some information to clarify some of the comments in his report and gave some indication of the feasibility of elements making up some of the scenarios put forward by the Parish Council. Among the major concerns of North Horsham Parish Council and WSCC were the accessibility across the A264, the impact on the roads within the parish and the impact on the wider road network.
It was likely that there will be continued dialogue between the developers and WSCC during the consultation stage of the planning application that may lead to slight changes or more information coming forward. However, when it was considered to be appropriate, commissioning a critique of the Transport Assessment to ascertain if it is suitable and to embrace areas that may not have been considered may be of value to influence positive benefits. Mr Gledhill offered to work with the Parish Council to give guidance as appropriate to reduce time and financial risks to the Parish Council.

Further meetings and conclusion
•    Thursday 29th September 2016 between 6pm and 7.30pm. David Lowen, the Horsham District Council case officer will be present to gain advice and guidance
•    29th September 2016 at 7.30pm – Planning Meeting –  recommendations will be put forward for consideration.
•    6th October 2016 – 7pm  – HALC Meeting in Pulborough – opportunity to share information and discuss transport implications with all Horsham District Council (HDC) parishes.
•    27th October 2016 – Extraordinary PCM at 8pm at the Tythe Barn to agree an initial response to HDC.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 11.50am.

Notes taken by the Clerk (Pauline Whitehead)