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According to Sport England, sport isn’t just a way to enjoy exercise, it’s a means of bringing local communities together. Sport delivers wide-ranging community benefits, including a positive social and cultural impact and a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour. Off Church Lane, in Southwater, residents are gearing up for the eagerly awaited array of outdoor facilities being built by developer, Berkeley, on land gifted by the Fletcher Trust.
Berkeley Homes launched its stunning development ‘Broadacres’, a collection of high quality one, two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, in 2017. Just a short walk from the village centre, the development is a thriving hub of family life with a friendly and welcoming community which, when complete will comprise of almost 600 homes. Now, Berkeley Homes, working in conjunction with the Fletcher Trust, Horsham District Council, Southwater Parish Council and Southwater Sports Club, is complementing Southwater with a wealth of sporting facilities for the whole family to enjoy. The new amenities include a sports pavilion and cricket pitch, a community hall, two full size football pitches, tennis courts, playgrounds, a multi-use games area and a skate park, with associated car parking facilities for both the new facilities and Holy Innocents Parish Church. The superb sporting and recreational offering has been designed to appeal to residents of all ages, whether they’re taking their first steps or looking to remain active during retirement.
The sports and recreation facilities have been built by Berkeley on land gifted to the local community by the Fletcher Trust. Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher is the third generation to uphold the connection between his family and Southwater Sports Club, after his grandfather originally gifted land for use of the cricket club, believed to be in the 1870s. The local community continues to derive benefit from that long-standing relationship, which has led to provision of the new facilities, which will be in use imminently.
Jeremy Chapman, Managing Director at Berkeley Homes (Southern) East, commented: “There are so many elements that come into play when developing facilities that will enhance the community experience. The sports pavilion and associated pitches, along with the other sporting and outdoor facilities will create a true focal point for local residents and the new Southwater community hall will add to this. This is community-building at its very best!”
The building of such amenities is in line with Berkeley’s aim of creating sustainable new neighbourhoods that encourage communities to thrive. For residents of Southwater, and the wider community, this translates to a host of magnificent facilities that will enhance village life.
A spokesperson on behalf of the Parish Council stated that the Council were extremely delighted with the high standard of specification achieved by Berkeley in the delivery of not only the new community hall to be named after ex-Councillor Laurie Apted “The Laurie Apted Building”, but also in the delivery of the skate-park/BMX area, Multi use games area and new larger play park to be named the “Downslink Play-area”. Throughout the stages of development, Berkeley and the Parish Council have maintained excellent working arrangements in order to deliver on time, the commitments and the promises made to the local community.
Neil Harding, Chairman of Southwater Sports Club, said: “The superb relationship between the Fletcher Trust, Berkeley and the Southwater Sports Club has resulted in these new, incredible facilities that the sports club, and indeed the entire Southwater community, can enjoy. We are lucky to already enjoy a great sense of community in the village and the new amenities look set to foster the growth of that spirit even further. Broadacres – and Berkeley – has made a very valuable contribution to this delightful corner of West Sussex.”
Barbara Childs, Director of Place, Horsham District Council, added: “We are very pleased to see this development bring so many new and outstanding sports and recreation facilities to Southwater. This development will benefit the residents of Southwater as well as the wider community.”
Southwater already boasts a range of amenities that are perfectly suited to family life, from wonderful village schools and local shops to the picturesque Southwater Country Park, which includes footpaths, cycleways, a café and a water sports club offering sailing and canoeing. With Horsham just a few minutes’ drive away, residents also have access to a wide selection of eateries, as well as the lively Horsham market, which features fresh local produce and sensational street food, with live music and street entertainment every Saturday.
Prices at Broadacres start from £399,500 for a three-bedroom home. For further information on property at Broadacres, call 01403 334 000 or visit
For more information on the Southwater Sports Club, please call  01403 730345 or visit them on their Facebook page:

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