Local residents have been writing to Horsham District Council and local publications in order to object against a proposal for a large development next to the A264 in North Horsham.
The development is set to include 2500 new homes and a business park.
Local pressure group, Residents Against Greenfield Erosion or RAGE Group, Horsham, opposes the development and have sent out fliers to local residents and set up a Facebook community page.
The main objective of the group is to protect the strip of countryside proposed for development north of the A264.
In their flier they stated: “There will be more than 10,000 more people descending on Horsham, using the same limited local services, hospital, leisure centre, park, and recreation facilities, in addition to at least 30,000 already on the way to 7000 houses in progress/approved next to the A24 and elsewhere in the area.”
The group have been urging local residents to send objections to local councillors.
At last week’s North Horsham Parish Council meeting, local businessman Tony Hogben questioned why more business space was needed in the new development.
Mr Hogben said: “Horsham already has several under occupied Business Parks and Industrial Estates. The Graylands Business Park site at Langhurst Wood Road Brickworks currently has numerous vacant units and planning permission was granted to expand this site some time ago but due to a lack of interest this site has not been expanded. In the past seven years since I have been in Horsham I have never seen this Business Park fully occupied.
“Our neighbouring district, Crawley, currently has a significant number of empty office and Industrial space available. Manor Royal Business District is the largest single mixed use commercial area of West Sussex .The famous Manor Royal Estate in Crawley currently has 185 acres of development land available.”