I live in Roffey and have lived in Horsham for some 37 years. In that time there have been major changes in the town, with a large increase in population but with only minor changes in the infrastructure to support the population.
The proposal to build large numbers of houses in North Horsham on top of the huge developments elsewhere in Horsham and surrounding villages will put further un-sustainable strain on infrastructure and services.
The area is short of water and huge numbers of new consumers will ensure that water restrictions will become inevitable every summer for longer pe-riods.
Will the sewage works be able to cope?
The NHS is already stretched to breaking point; where are the hospital services and doctors to come from?
Already we have to wait for weeks for non-urgent appointments.
Where will the children go to school, again our schools are full to bursting.
The development is to include an industrial area; where are all the companies coming from to fill this; there are already empty buildings in our industrial areas.
The gap between Horsham and Crawley is fast disappearing, what has happened to the promise made by previous councillors to retain this stra-tegic gap as green belt?
Our quality of life will be further eroded with increased pollution; increased traffic and jams making travelling more of a nightmare.
More pressure will be put on public transport. Potentially there will be more crime; Roffey already has an increasing burglary problem.
House prices are likely to be affected by the above adverse factors.
I have no objections to Crawley, but fear that Horsham will be swallowed up in a new Crawsham, will lose its identity and quality of life.
The plan will be voted on in September / October, we need to make our views known to our councillors to get this de-velopment stopped.
Forest Road, Horsham