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Plans for development near Boars Head pub   

Plans for development near Boars Head pub   

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Martin Read –Reporter      

 

With its proximity to Gatwick Airport, London and the coast, relatively crime free Horsham is an attractive, convenient place to live and the Thakeham Group has put in a planning application for 90 new housing units in the field below the Boars Head pub. Travelling south on the busy, fast moving B2237 out of Horsham towards the A24, the 7.8 hectare site stretches up on the right between the railway bridge and the Boars Head. The proposal is for 58 private dwellings and, in compliance with Horsham District Council’s target, 32 affordable homes. Two greens are included at the north of the site and the area nearest to Tower Hill would be devoid of housing. The application submission states: “The extent of the development would be a small-scale extension of the existing urban area, to its natural boundary at the foot of the escarpment to the south of the site and, with sensitive design of built form and open space, would not materially harm landscape character or the visual amenity of the wide area, whilst also providing potential for enhancement of key characteristics of, and access to, the landscape at the urban edge of Horsham.” However, the Horsham Society has previously strongly opposed “incursion into the Horsham/Southwater Strategic Gap”, saying: “The railway line forms a natural, defensive southern boundary to the town and should not be breached. This land is important to the setting of the town and its close relationship to the surrounding countryside.”

If approved, there would be blocks of up to three storeys in height at the entrance to the development, with mostly two storey units elsewhere and bungalows, aimed at impact reduction, at the south west section. 205 parking spaces would be made available, with some driveways sufficient to park three vehicles.                                                                                                      Describing the pleasant terrace at the recently refurbished Boars Head, immediately above the proposed development, CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – says: “The Boars Head enjoys an elevated position with great views across Horsham.”

Based in Sumners Place, Stane Street, Billingshurst, The Thakeham Group is described as ‘one of the South East’s leading developers’, stating: “We deliver to consistently high standards in residential development, contract build and land promotion opportunities”. Robert Boughton, MD of Thakeham, says: “Land is pivotal to everything that we do – it enables us to be place makers. At the Thakeham Group we have an opportunity and a duty to create amazing places; we are driven by a passion to deliver a legacy for many to enjoy and that we can be proud of.”

The planning application has been allocated reference DC/18/0944 and may be commented upon by visiting Horsham District Council’s site –

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/planning/view-and-comment-on-planning-application  

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