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 Planning: letters of representation

May 2007 

27 May 2007


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


Dear Mrs Cheeseman

DC/09/0975 HORSHAM AND DISTRICT LAUNDRY, ARUN WAY, HORSHAM

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

The Society notes that the proposal is a full application to erect 3 x 3-bed houses, 6 x 1-bed flats and 1 x 2-bed flat, a total of 10 dwellings at a density 58 dwellings per hectare. The Society, while welcoming the proposed change of use, also notes that the access is from Arun Way which narrows where it joins the Brighton Road and considers that development of the site should deferred unless or until access can be arranged from Athelstan Way across the adjoining undeveloped land (its existing access to Brighton Road being inadequate).

The Society also notes that the site either fronts onto or is flanked by existing housing and considers that the bulk of both the proposed buildings is excessive and should be limited in height to two storeys. In the case of the southern block it further notes that the north-east and south-west elevations present large dismal expanses of almost unrelieved bricks and tiles. While a more imaginative treatment might be possible the absence of windows demonstrates a fundamental and unresolved conflict between the standard of the proposed accommodation and the amenities of the surrounding houses. This seems to confirm that the proposed design is inappropriate.

Yours sincerely

Oliver Palmer
Vice-President, The Horsham Society