Further consultation on Horsham Town Plan starts this week

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

HORSHAM District Council has extended its consultation on an exciting initiative to plan for the future of Horsham.

The additional consultation for the Future Prosperity of Horsham Project will run between May 4 and June 1 2012.

The project aims to steer future changes in Horsham town to maximise its economic potential whilst maintaining and conserving its attractive and historic environment for the benefit of all.

Consultants Urban Practitioners were commissioned to start the project by producing an independent and objective ‘Town Framework Report’.

This report identifies the existing strengths and areas for improvement within the town and puts forward a vision and strategy for the future.

As part of the overall project, Horsham District Council will use this report as a basis to produce planning guidance for future retail, commercial and leisure development in the town.

The Future Prosperity of Horsham Project is an initiative that is supported by West Sussex County Council, which has a significant interest in the town.

As well as the County Council, Horsham District Council is working in partnership with other interested groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on this project.

Opportunities for the wider public to be involved in this exciting and important initiative for the town are an important part of the process. The first was in response to the Draft Horsham Town Plan which was published for consultation on October 28 2011 for six weeks.

The Council invited all who live, work and visit the town to give their views on this important document and many people gave us their views.

In light of the comments received during this consultation, the area covered by the Draft Horsham Town Plan has been extended to include: The Forum, West Street and Swan Walk.

To provide an opportunity for comments on the revised Draft Horsham Town Plan, a further period of consultation will be run for four weeks between May 4 and June 1 2012 and comments on the additional areas are invited.

The Horsham Town Plan will enable the regeneration of key areas within Horsham town which will increase the vitality and vibrancy of the town. The key areas which have been identified for regeneration are Albion Way, The Quarter (Piries Place, Market Square, East Street and Denne Road), The Bishopric, Hurst Road and Nightingale Road area, The Forum, West Street and Swan Walk

It will help steer potential developers and will act as Horsham District Council’s starting point for more detailed discussions and proposals that arise in the town over future years.

Exciting opportunities for change in the town centre include:

Albion Way – ‘a walkable Albion Boulevard’, with shops lining the street in places. Narrowing carriageways with dedicated bus and cycle lanes, widening pavements, tree lined with safer and more attractive crossing points 

Piries Place – new shops, new link from the Carfax through the old King’s Head Hotel service area, new pedestrian link between East Street and Copnall Way 

Bishopric – new shops, new and improved public spaces and better pedestrian and vehicular links to create a western anchor to the town 

Hurst Road area – redevelopment of underused railway land and better use of Nightingale Estate for employment, a new hotel on Hurst Road and improved pedestrian links through to the park

The Forum – new shops and the introduction of additional uses such as market uses to enhance the public space

West Street – improvements to street furniture, shop fronts, lighting, paving and signs, a more attractive route from Swan Walk to Sainsbury’s via West Walk

Swan Walk – creation of additional shops within the key retail area of the town

The responses received through the additional period of consultation will be considered by Council officers and Members before a draft Horsham Town Plan is presented to Horsham District Councillors for adoption in September 2012.