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September 2006r

Areas of Special Character

The current Local Plan identifies a number of locations within the town as “areas of special character”, mainly stretches on the key approach roads such as Guildford Road, Worthing Road, Brighton Road and Warnham Road. Whilst this does not give them same protection as a conservation area their special character is nevertheless taken into account when considering planning applications.

The Horsham Society considers there are many more areas which would benefit from being identified in this way, for example groups of buildings whose design and setting taken as a whole provide particularly good examples of a period in Horsham's history, and where any future development should have regard to this.

A number of potential areas have been identified and the Planning Sub Committee recently spent a morning on site visits. Once the work is completed the Society will be consulting on its ideas, possibly including a small exhibition.

John Steele

Photograph by John Steele

The Planning Sub Committee

Pictured left to right are Michael Hall, Oliver Palmer, Roy Worskett, Peggy Gledhill and Nigel Friswell


Read John Steele's article   
on Town Planning