Dramatic turn of events at Southwater planning meeting

A MEETING to decide Berkeley Homes’ plans for up to 550 homes for Southwater is due to be adjourned dramatically today (Tuesday February 21) due to English Heritage upgrading a listed building on the site.

Councillors on the development control committee of Horsham District Council were due to vote on the outline application for land west of Worthing Road at 6.30pm but will instead be told listed Great House Farm has become grade II* listed.

A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said this new information was received on Monday afternoon.

“Due to this new grading, Horsham District Council is statutorily obliged to consult English Heritage and consider the upgrading within the assessment of the application,” they said.

“Council officers are therefore unable to make a recommendation for the above application and as a result the application is unable to be debated at tonight’s meeting. The meeting will, however, open and the chairman will read a statement.”

See this week’s County Times for the full story and for revelations of where more development is being planned in Southwater.