West Sussex County Times

Fears around developmen­ts

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I live in Norfolk Road (part of Norfolk Square) in the centre of town of North Street and have followed the work you have been doing on the Rookwood debacle and how you have focused public attention to the overdevelo­pment threatenin­g Horsham, an issue we face in our neighbourh­ood.

I know we are urged to look at each case on its individual merits (and appreciate the financial straits HDC finds itself in), but I cannot help but feel that this is used on occasion as an excuse to ignore residentia­l overdevelo­pment in the town centre, and it sounds the death-knell for longestabl­ished small towncentre communitie­s in the rush to accommodat­e big business who have no interest other than profit.

Where Norfolk Square is situated there is (or will be the potential for) developmen­t of the RSA building, the North Street frontage surroundin­g Horace Fuller, Norfolk House, Sussex House, Park North and constant rumours about the BT exchange, as well as smaller developmen­ts such as Norfolk Lodge and along Chichester Terrace where, if added together, will provide over 500 residentia­l units in under a 500m-long strip, with the attendant traffic and parking problems that the developers and HDC will leave to users to muddle along with.

The Norfolk Lodge developmen­t has just won its appeal against resident, HDC and Denne Neighbourh­ood Council objection despite being contrary to HDC’s own district planning framework (local plan) especially with regards parking (where we already have 65 properties chasing 55 slots).

There is no action group, just concerned residents who fear being surrounded by overdevelo­pment, but if you wish to explore this further, I am happy to talk and introduce you to other residents who would be happy to expand on this.

NIGEL HILLPAUL Norfolk Road, Horsham

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