Horsham councillors defer decision on bid over lift tower

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Councillors asked planning officers to provide more information on the council’s plans for external alterations to a lift tower near Carfax, Horsham.

Members deferred a decision over Horsham District Council’s bid to remove the Medwin Walk Lift Tower’s Swan Walk Shopping Centre signage and lighting facing Albion Way, replace its windows with double glazed units and install matching grey aluminium cladding to its uppers sections.

Officers presented the plans to the Development Control North Committee meeting on Tuesday September 8.

Christian Mitchell (Con, Holbrook West) said he would not ‘nod through’ if he could not see what the result of the works would be. Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper) said she had not seen an application with less information.

It was heard no objections had been raised to the application, which was brought before members because the council was the applicant.

A planning document stated: “It is considered that the proposed cladding at the upper sections of Medwin Walk Lift Tower would relate sympathetically with the character of surrounding buildings and would incorporate appropriate materials and muted colours in this instance.

“The replacement windows and adjacent cladded panels would similarly incorporate appropriate materials and muted colours and overall, the building would take on a more modern appearance that is not considered to detrimentally impact the streetscene.

“The removal of the Swan Walk signage and lighting is considered to have neutral or even beneficial impact upon the appearance of the building, and as of yet, no replacement signage is proposed.”

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