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 Planning: letters of representation

May 2007 

12 May 2007


Head of Development Control
for the attention of Kathryn Sadler
Horsham District Council
Park House, North Street
Horsham RH12 1RL


Dear Ms Sadler

DC/07/0676 KING’S HEAD HOTEL, HORSHAM

I write on behalf of the Horsham Society to enter an objection to this application.

The Society notes that the application is for a change of use for all floors to Class A3 with the 2nd and 3rd floors to include ancilliary use in connection with the A3 use. The Society also notes that as the present use of the ground floor is A3 no change of use appears to be required and that the area marked ‘Parking’ is on land which, although in the applicant’s ownership, does not form part of the application. The Society further notes that the application makes no mention of a Class C hotel use.

In its letter of 12 April the Society expressed its concern, which appears to be widely shared, that it is in the future interests of Horsham that the possibility of the loss of this hotel use, for centuries an established and characteristic feature of this important town centre location, should be firmly resisted. If the proposed change of use were permitted no hotel use would need be provided notwithstanding the implication in the applicant’s Design and Access Statement of the possibility of its continuing.

Yours sincerely

Oliver Palmer
Vice-President, The Horsham Society