New care home and 160 homes planned for Broadbridge Heath

JPCT 140813 S133330580x Broadbrodge Heath. Field behind Shelley Arms -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 140813 S133330580x Broadbrodge Heath. Field behind Shelley Arms -photo by Steve Cobb

A new 60-bed care home and 160 houses could be built in Broadbridge Heath as part of plans to be consulted on later this month.

Barton Willmore is fronting plans by developer Gleeson for the greenfield site north of Old Guildford Road and is holding a consultation event at St John’s Church Community Hall in Church Road on Tuesday August 27 from 3-8pm.

It will be presenting two options, one for 160 homes and a 60-bed car home, with the second just 200 homes.

Andrew Wilford, associate for planning consultant Barton Willmore, said: “There is as everyone recognises an ageing population and there is a need for such a facility in Horsham.”

Horsham District Council’s draft housing strategy, which goes out for consultation this month, makes specific mention of schemes with care homes, but says they must be within easy walking distance of local amenities.

Mr Wilford added: “There is a need for housing across the country and this will help meet it.

“We welcome people to come along to the exhibition and give us their views.”

Countryside Properties have outline planning permission for 963 homes south of Broadbridge Heath with around half of those receiving full permission from Horsham District Council.

Plans include a new bypass between the A264 and A24 replacing the existing bypass which will be decommissioned, and a new junction on the A24.

Horsham district councillor Malcolm Curnock (LDem, Broadbridge Heath), said: “I am of the view that the community of Broadbridge Heath has already given up enough of its green fields, with its share of the West of Horsham development of 1,000 properties, to meet the housing needs of the district.

“It’s about time that some of the other communities in the Horsham district gave up some of their green fields and took their fair share of the district’s housing needs, before any further housing is built in Broadbridge Heath.”

Mr Wilford added: “They [the council] need to find houses to meet the needs of the population which are not being met, and Broadbridge Heath is a sustainable location and that’s how central Government has identified where development should be located.”

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