Council figures reveal massive opposition to housing plans

A CAMPAIGN group’s claims of overwhelming opposition to plans for housing developments in Southwater have been reinforced this week.

Under pressure from members of the development reference group, Horsham District Council has released the ‘raw data’ results of the questionnaire carried out during the consultation for up to 500 homes being built in either Billingshurst or Southwater.

Horsham District Council would not release the Billingshurst questionnaire results to the County Times, but the figures for Southwater were passed to the paper by the Keep Southwater Green group.

Views expressed in letters are yet to be analysed and included in the results, a council spokesman said.

Some 1,530 people (about 93.5 per cent) ticked the box opting for no planned development, accepting that individual planning applications will have to be considered on their merits.

Just 30 people opted for a development of 250 homes and 75 people voted for the full 500 homes and necessary infrastructure to be built

The major concerns were the loss of countryside, traffic congestion and the general impact on settlement character.

People of all ages responded to the consultation with the majority (1,119) being between 22 and 65.

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