Make-over for site that is ‘thorn in side’ of area

The Guinness Trust development of 14 homes on the junction of Littlehaven Lane and Crawley Road
The Guinness Trust development of 14 homes on the junction of Littlehaven Lane and Crawley Road

An area of a Horsham estate is set to be regenerated and derelict houses replaced with a modern houses, flats and shared gardens.

The site of eight empty houses on the junction of Littlehaven Lane with Crawley Road, in Roffey, has attracted anti-social behaviour and vandalism and was described as an eyesore by members of the Horsham District Council development management north committee last Tuesday.

But they will soon be replaced by eight two-bedroom houses fronting Littlehaven Lane and a block of four two-bedroom and two one-bedroom flats fronting Crawley Road.

Although members had concerns about increased traffic and parking, they welcomed the application.

Local member David Skipp (LDem, Roffey North) said: “It will tidy up the area that has been an eyesore.

“I think it’s sad there are no affordable units in this scheme, but at the same time the design is in keeping with the area.”

Peter Burgess (Con, Holbrook West) said: “I welcome this because it’s been a thorn in Roffey’s side for some time. As a parish councillor there for 15 years, the county council some considerable time ago had some traffic calming measures, but not in this particular area.

“Cars come down there at some high speed and I think the traffic issues need to be looked at again because they are not good.”

The committee approved the planning subject to a traffic regulation order any legal agreements being secured.

David Foden, head of development for Guinness South said: “The Guinness South team worked closely with both the community and Horsham District Council throughout the planning process and this decision is reflective of the hard work of all the individuals involved.”