A hotel and flats could replace the public sector buildings along Horsham’s Hurst Road if new plans are adopted by Horsham District Council.
The Draft Horsham Town Plan, which was under public consultation until Saturday June 1, outlines a planning framework for the council to work with to transform the Hurst Road and Nightingale Road area as well as other areas of the town.
The western side of Hurst Road is currently home to Horsham Magistrates’ Court, the youth centre, police station, fire station, ambulance station, and Horsham Community Hospital.
The report states the non-residential buildings along Hurst Road are ‘poorly designed and contribute negatively to the area’ and suggests this is potential development land, although none of the public sector owners involved have plans to relocate.
Paragraph 6.12 of the report states: “Along the western edge of Hurst Road, the council will take opportunities, where suitable to consolidate and redevelop the various public sector sites, which could include the co-location of services as promoted through the total place initiative. This could free up various sites along Hurst Road and on the edge of Horsham Park, in which new uses could be introduced.”
It goes on to say that this would make access to Horsham Park easier and would enable cycle paths to be created through the park.
Due to its close proximity to the railway station, it could become ‘attractive for small amounts of high quality residential led development and could open up a possible site for a new high end hotel operator with conference facilities’.
For the Nightingale Estate, the draft plan says that although it is a successful industrial estate, it suffers from ‘poor public realm and has an un-neighbourly relationship with the adjacent residential areas’.
Poor access and the plans call for improvements to the junction to be a priority is the reason given for this. The report says this could be achieved by building a new bridge across the railway line, realigning North Street and a creating new access onto the roundabout for Nightingale Road.
Following the consultation and analysis of results, members will discuss the report in September. If agreed it will become a framework to be used when members consider planning applications.