Foodstore planned for part of Horsham Matters site

David Sheldon chief executive of Horsham Matters in the furniture store in Horsham
David Sheldon chief executive of Horsham Matters in the furniture store in Horsham

PART of the Horsham Matters site in the town could be turned into a Co-op foodstore.

A planning application has been submitted to Horsham District Council for the warehouse at the charity’s base at the former Tanfield Garage site, in Guildford Road, to be changed into a retail unit.

Included in the application are details of a Co-op store open daily from 7am to 10pm.

Chief executive of Horsham Matters, David Sheldon, said he wanted to assure people this did not mean the charity, which recycles donated furniture and household goods to help those in need, was closing or moving.

He said: “If planning permission is granted they will have the left-hand side and we will keep the right-hand side.

“We are staying put. We have not finalised the lease but the landlord is intending to offer us a long term lease here.

“At the moment we sell mostly from the right-hand half of the building and we do some selling from the left-hand half, but we use it mostly for storage.

“Last week we completed a lease for a 5,000 sqft warehouse in Blatchford Road and if people have large items to donate we will ask them to take them there. The Tanfield Garage site will become our main retail side.”

The result of the planning application is likely to be determined by June 14. To view the plans or to make a comment go to the council’s planning website http://www.horsham.gov.uk/environment/4580.aspx and search for application number DC/10/2669.