Housing campaigners join forces against overdevelopment

Land being prepared for development in Broadbridge Heath, between Tesco and Newbridge Nursery.
Land being prepared for development in Broadbridge Heath, between Tesco and Newbridge Nursery.
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JOINING their voices together to protest against overdevelopment in the Horsham district, most of the major anti-housing campaign groups met at Billingshurst Community and Conference Centre on Tuesday April 10.

Representatives from the various groups were urged to continue fighting on their respective fronts, rallying as many people as possible.

David Mowling, chairman of Save our Sussex Alliance, presided over the separate member groups covering places such as Henfield, Southwater, Storrington and Pulborough.

He said: “This is a numbers game. If we look at the wins against development you can see what vast numbers can do. If the government thinks there are only ten people then obviously nobody cares.

“None of these houses are sustainable, Horsham District Council’s mistake is that it is not talking to the parish councils or taking into consideration the public. They are just deciding themselves.”

He said that HDC and other authorities were abrogating their responsibilities by not looking at potential infrastructure problems properly when approving planning applications.

Both Henfield Preservation and the Campaign to Protect Rural Pulborough Village (CPRPV) spoke of concern over existing sewerage levels, which is only exacerbated by new housing developments.

Meanwhile Susie Duffy, from Save Billingshurst, explained that it was a constant struggle to keep residents motivated through endless consultations.

She said: “We’re getting diminishing returns getting people to respond. It’s frustrating that Horsham District Council reads into this that apparently the people who opposed it no longer oppose it.”