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 Planning: letters of representation

June 2015

Application Comments on DC/15/0124


Application Summary


Prewetts Mill Worthing Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 1ST


Demolition of existing building and erection of extra care assisted living accommodation including communal facilities and car parking (58 self-contained units) Development affects the setting of a Listed Building

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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

- Overdevelopment


I am writing on behalf of the Horsham Society to object to this application and to say that the latest plans do not change our view that it should be refused. Our principal objections are: - the building is still far too institutional in appearance. - the height of the building is too great and therefore far too imposing on the surroundings and should be reduced by one storey - a maximum of five storeys high. - the general building design is too angular and the elevations require softening to enable the building to blend in with the surroundings. - the elevation overlooking Worthing Road is too severe and requires the floors to be stepped away from the road, to soften the appearance. - the canted detail to the elevation overlooking Worthing Road is inappropriate and more akin to a detail used on a commercial building. - inspection of the site plans indicate that the building is sited too close to Worthing Road and the River Arun. - the elevation overlooking the River Arun does not seem appropriate is it seems closely related to a hotel block, which could be found in Spain. - materials used on the elevations need reviewing. Whilst there seems to be a greater use of brick, which is good, the extent of render etc should be reviewed. All in all a complete rethink is needed to produce a building that is acceptable and sits comfortably in the surroundings. John Steele Secretary, Planning Sub Committee