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 Planning: letters of representation

July 2015

Application Comments on DC/15/1615


Application Summary


80 Guildford Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 1LY


Proposed oak framed single garage

Case Officer:

Pauline Ollive

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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 strongly to this application. Guildford Road is one of the main gateway entrances to the town and has long been recognised as making an important contribution to the character of the town and the transition from country to town. This is acknowledged in the Horsham Town Design Statement (page25) which states that future development should protect and preserve the character of the approach routes. Furthermore on page 31 the SPD states that "the guiding principle [for parking] should be that appropriate provision is made for off-street parking without detriment to the visual character of the area". Guildford Road at this point is characterised by large houses set well back from the road with unobstructed front gardens. This proposal would be completely out of keeping in that it involves the construction of a large building, close to the Worthing Road. The proposed materials, forming a large wooden structure, are also out of keeping with the overall appearance of the streetscape. The fact that it would currently be partially shielded by shrubs is immaterial as these are merely transitory features. It would be completely inappropriate front garden development. There is adequate space for offstreet parking already on the drive and the proposal would be seriously detrimental to the visual character of the area. The application should be refused. John Steele, Secretary, Planning Sub Committee