Land near Chesworth farm set to be sold off

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LAND near Chesworth Farm, south of Horsham, could be sold off for development after West Sussex County Council declared it as ‘surplus to requirements’.

People have until March 1 to object to a decision by the county council to sell 10.13 acres of land at Athelstan Way, Horsham, which is subject to a planning application for up to 70 homes.

A report by the county council explains that the land north of Chesworth Farm was originally purchased in 1973 as a potential school site, but it has never been brought into use.

The field is let on a grazing licence and has remained undeveloped. It adjoins the residential areas of Athelstan Way, Kentwyns Drive and Kerves Lane. To the west and south of the site is farmland.

In May 2009 Horsham District Council identified the site as a potential housing development area.

Following a feasibility assessment last year, an outline planning application is now being submitted for development of up to 70 detached and semi-detached three and four-bedroom houses on seven acres of the site with the remaining 3.13 acres to be laid out for strategic landscaping.

This will incorporate new public open space with access from Athelstan Way and new footpath links to the existing footpath and bridleway network adjacent the site.

The plans include provision of 40 per cent affordable housing (up to 28 homes).

Anyone who wishes to object to the application is invited to contact county councillor Morwen Millson (LDem, Horsham Riverside) on 01403 260407 or email morwen.millson@westsussex.gov.uk