Horsham FC need new developers for single-storey Hop Oast plan

Artist impression of plans for Horsham Football Club's 2014 proposal for a new clubhouse and ground at Hop Oast which were turned down
Artist impression of plans for Horsham Football Club's 2014 proposal for a new clubhouse and ground at Hop Oast which were turned down

Horsham Football Club are searching for new developers in their ongoing hope for a new home after cutting ties with Croudace Homes.

The pair have been working together for a number of years in hope of attaining the long-suffering club a permanent home.

But the Hornets are now looking for a new partner to help them with a new single-story clubhouse plan for Hop Oast.

Croudace originally agreed to buy land at the Holbrook Club from Horsham FC with a view to developing housing after the club had planning permission for a new ground their turned down.

As part of this, they also agreed to build a new ground for the club at their Hop Oast site.

But with the plans at Hop Oast controversially turned down by Horsham District Council back in January and with it, planning for 57 homes at the Holbrook Club site refused, the two parties have decided to ‘part company’ due to Croudace not willing to appeal the decision or resubmit revisions to either site.

Horsham chairman Kevin Borrett said: “Previously I had indicated that the board and its advisers believed submitting a revised application at Hop Oast was preferable to simply appealing HDC’s refusal earlier this year.

“During ongoing discussions with Croudace it became clear that they neither wished to mount an appeal or resubmit revisions to the proposed plans at both sites.

“The club has agreed to part company with them as development partner but has with their agreement, retained access to all the relevant technical literature they had commissioned.

“We are currently in a short-listing process with other developers, who having become aware of Croudace decision have approached the club, together with other firms we have identified ourselves who are showing interest.”

“Our plan is to have selected a new partner and started to progress matters with them before the end of the year.”

The club has been homeless and ground sharing for the last seven years after moving out of Queen Street, their ground for more than 100 years, in 2008.

Their current share with Horsham YMCA which has been in place for six years, will terminate at the end of the 2016-17 season.

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