Key sites in Horsham and the surrounding area are set to be transformed thanks to a new deal between West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council.
The Horsham District Growth Deal was signed by leaders of both councils and kick-starts a partnership that will deliver new homes, create jobs and boost economic prosperity in the area.
By signing the deal, Louise Goldsmith, county council Leader, and Ray Dawe, Leader of Horsham District Council, have committed to a number of shared strategic growth priorities.
Major projects outlined in the Deal include:
West of Horsham and North Horsham Developments – deliver housing and economic growth in these locations
Horsham town centre – progress the delivery of a new Town Centre Vision that will promote and sustain the town centre and maximise investment opportunities
Hurst Road – potential redevelopment of the site to deliver new housing and employment opportunities
Former Novartis site – redevelop the site to provide high value employment opportunities.
Louise Goldsmith said: “The Horsham District Growth Deal provides a real opportunity to work formally together on a range of ambitious plans for Horsham and the surrounding area. It means we can secure resources and investment to deliver much-needed improvements to local infrastructure including a new fire station and training centre.
“I know from other District Deals that collaborative working with the district council and other partners creates an environment to boost the local economy, helping both local residents and businesses to not only prosper but also to benefit from the improvements planned.
“The Horsham deal is the sixth one signed, and I am delighted to say West Sussex County Council now has deals in place with every district and borough council in the county. It puts a real focus on economic growth and development, countywide.”
Ray Dawe said: “Horsham District Council is working to increase economic growth, maintain and create new local jobs and bring continued prosperity to the district and our residents.
“The value of this District Deal is that we work in partnership with the county council to ensure we together focus strongly on agreed priority projects that will help us achieve our objectives.”
Image: Vision for Blackhorse Way and walkway to The Forum, Horsham town centre