Massive opposition to plans for popular field

Residents of Glen Arun care home are opposed to the proposed housing on land backing onto their garden
Residents of Glen Arun care home are opposed to the proposed housing on land backing onto their garden

WEST Sussex County Council is facing overwhelming opposition to plans to build 70 houses on land south of Horsham.

Around 170 people turned out to a meeting at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, last week to hear more about the proposed development on land adjacent to Athelstan Way. The County Council proposes to sell off the land if Horsham District Council allows the development to go ahead.

Diane Sumpter, chairman of Forest Neighbourhood Council said: “Everybody is opposed to it. They were all determined and will be writing their letters. It was a good meeting.

“People can continue submitting their views and we will be forming a little group of about seven people so if we want to speak at the [planning] meeting we can discuss what we want to say beforehand.”

People across Horsham have been submitting their views against the application and this week the residents of Glen Arun care home on Athelstan Way added their opinions.

Ian Wootton, manager of the care home, who is acting on the residents’ behalf said: “The residents have been quite forceful in their views condemning the building of houses or anything on the land in question. They asked, if not insisted, that I make representation on their behalf to the Council.

“Many of them have restriction of movement making it difficult to venture outside the grounds of Glen Arun. For those people Glen Arun is their environment 24 hours a day seven days a week.

“One of the cornerstones of their lives is that of environment. The peace and tranquility provided by the surrounding countryside. The view of the landscape that welcomes them each day.

“It cannot be underestimated the pleasure that such a view and surroundings bring.”

He has written a letter of objection to the Horsham District Council planning department echoing these views, which many of the residents have signed.

Forest Neighbourhood Council will meet to discuss the plans on Tuesday March 22 and then submit their formal response to the district council.

People can send their comments to planning officer Val Cheesman at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL quoting planning application number DC/11/0224.