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 Planning: letters of representation

March 2008 

11 March 2008

Head of Development
for the attention of Steven Booth
Horsham District Council
Park House, North Street
Horsham RH12 1RL


Dear Mr Booth

DC/08/0316 AGATES YARD, FAYGATE

I write on behalf of the Horsham Society to object to this outline application to build
156 retirement units, a warden’s unit, 50-bed care home, visitor accommodation, central facilities building, shop and medical centre.

The Society notes that the site lies midway in the Strategic Gap between Horsham and Crawley. It has always had the strongest objection to any intensification and it continues to do so. This objection is confirmed in the Core Strategy document adopted by the Inspectors following the recent public hearings on the Local Development Framework..

The Society also notes that the site lies wholly beyond the defined Built Up Area Boundary and, even if it did not, that Faygate is a Category 2 settlement and, while development may be acceptable within its Built Up Area if it is justified in terms of meeting an identified local need, the proposal includes provisions which far exceed those which can be shown to meet that need.

The Society further notes that there are some permanent structures on the part of the site occupied by the timber yard.but the definition of brownfield land excludes agricultural and forestry buildings and, even if it did not, the proposal far exceeds their extent.

The Society wishes to make it clear that it has no objection to retirement villages in general. Its objection in this case arises solely from the particularly sensitive location.

Yours sincerely

Oliver Palmer
Vice-President, The Horsham Society