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Horsham FC - Hop Oast area for new ground?

THE HOP Oast area is being put forward once again as a potential home for Horsham Football Club.

A report has been prepared for Horsham District Council's cabinet meeting on Thursday April 2 stating the possibility of changing the current strategic gap between Horsham and Southwater into a 'strategic recreational area'.

Councillors are recommended to agree the council should continue to work with HFC to find a suitable location in the Hop Oast area for its ground and consider the potential for identifying 'much of' the gap area as a 'strategic recreational area'.

HFC's planning application for a new stadium at the Holbrook Club, in North Heath Lane, was turned down by HDC.

The football club has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the refusal and a public inquiry is due to be held.

However, a report to HDC's cabinet says the council has been in regular contact with the club about finding an alternative location.

The report continues: "The options for a site near the town centre which is accessible, sustainable and will not be detrimental to a residential area are limited and a number of alternatives have been considered in the past.

"The area that appears to provide the best potential for a football ground is the Hop Oast area."

The cabinet is due to meet at 5.30pm on April 2 at the Council Chamber, Park North, North Street.

Read the full report in the County Times.

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