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 Planning: letters of representation

September 2008 

6 September 2008

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

Dear Ms Conlon

DC/08/0579 Norfolk Court, Birches Road, Horsham

Thank you for your letter of 28 August. I write on behalf of the Horsham Society to object to the amended proposal. The Society notes that the small change to the design of the 3-storey Block B fails to meet its original objection.

The existing blocks are of considerable size but at least the separating open spaces allow clear views between them and the proposed closing of these spaces would create a single building of excessive bulk and unrelieved length. We can reasonably assume that if the design now proposed had been proposed as a new development it would rightly have been rejected out of hand.

The Society further notes that in this case the development provides social housing and it is particularly concerned that this should not be treated as second-class accommodation. The same consideration should be given, and the same design criteria applied, to all developments and approval to this proposal would give completely the wrong message.

Yours sincerely

Oliver Palmer
Vice-President, The Horsham Society