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 Planning: letters of representation

March 2013 

Application comments on DC/12/2342


Application Summary


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Uk Limited Wimblehurst Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 5AB


Alterations to access, car park, new staff amenity space and associated landscaping

Case Officer:

Barry O'Donnell

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Comments Details

Commenter Type:

Member of the Public


Customer objects to the Planning Application

Reasons for comment:

- Design

- Loss of General Amenity

- Other


I am writing on behalf of the Horsham Society to object to this application as currently proposed. There is no objection in principle to what Novartis wants to achieve but it is essential that the setting of the main locally listed HQ building is respected and protected. Although not part of this application it is essential that the avenue and vista from the entrance lodges up to the main HQ building is protected in any future development. The current proposal would have ugly security fencing running roughly NE-SW across the west frontage of the HQ building to the west of the new access road. This would destroy the visual impact and setting of the building when looking up at it from the avenue. We suggest that the new fencing should be broken in the centre of the building and replaced with a new set of gates between brick piers to suit the 1930s style of main building. The new gates could be an attractive feature whilst still designed to meet the necessary security standard. They need not be openable. We would wish to see this required imposed as a specific condition should planning consent be given. John Steele Secretary, Planning Sub Committee