Re­think on new homes re­quired

West Sussex County Times - - Opinion -

Much has been said and dis­cussed in re­cent weeks about meet­ing hous­ing tar­gets in the Hor­sham District.

Whilst huge tar­gets for house build­ing have been men­tioned (likely to be 1,400 homes a year) we also hear of cur­rent hous­ing devel­op­ments, such as at North Hor­sham be­ing de­layed due to the pan­demic, re­sult­ing in the re­view­ing of their strat­egy for de­liv­ery.

Green spa­ces must be re­tained and are vi­tal for health as well as the aes­thetic ben­e­fit.

Hor­sham is the lovely place to live due to the bal­ance of his­toric Mar­ket town and coun­try­side. The Riverside Walk which en­cir­cles the town, Ch­esworth Farm and Hor­sham Park have proved in­valu­able through lock­down for res­i­dent’s recre­ation and men­tal well­be­ing.

The High Weald Land­scape Trail starts in Hor­sham and trav­els east to­wards East Sus­sex.

To the east of the town we are blessed in hav­ing parts of the High Weald Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB) – as­ton­ish­ingly, the Draft LDP in­di­cated two pos­si­ble hous­ing lo­ca­tions within this AONB.

This po­ten­tial de­struc­tion of our neigh­bour­ing green spa­ces and coun­try­side can only be de­scribed as Eco van­dal­ism.

The green cor­ri­dors that weave through our green spa­ces must be re­tained for the ben­e­fit of wildlife.

The pan­demic has re­in­forced pub­lic opinion on run­away cli­mate change and wildlife de­struc­tion but now we hear the Gov­ern­ment have opted for the op­po­site di­rec­tion to­wards chang­ing the plan­ning sys­tem to weaken laws pro­tect­ing habi­tats and wildlife to make build­ing eas­ier.

There must surely be a

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