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Protecting Horsham's Town Greens

Horsham is very fortunate to have many open spaces. The larger ones, including Horsham Park and our recreation grounds provide opportunities for formal recreation or just a chance to relax. Chesworth Farm provides unique public access to nearby countryside.

Many green spaces are however relatively small, left by developers as somewhere for children to play and neighbours to meet. They play an important role in our street scenes. Often hosts to our declining stock of large forest trees, they frame an otherwise urban street scene. As building densities rise, developers look for opportunities for in-fill, and the number of homes with gardens decline these green lungs become ever more precious.

For many years the Horsham Society has been encouraging their registration as Town Greens to ensure they are protected for future generations. 

The National Planning Policy Framework (para 76) says that “local communities, through local and neighbourhood plans should be able to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them. By designating land as Local Green Space local communities will be able to rule out new development except in very special circumstances”

The Society has published a survey of green spaces in the town which we will ask Horsham District Council to consider designating as Local Green Space.  Click here to download it.

Ramsey Close Green - no longer under threat


Cootes Green - successfully registered after local community action

Photos by John Steele



Registering new town & village greens»