Report backs fight to save town field

Residents of Athelstan Way protest against plans for 70 homes
Residents of Athelstan Way protest against plans for 70 homes

A CAMPAIGN against a development threat to countryside close to Horsham town centre has been boosted by backing from a senior planning officer at Horsham District Council.

Patrick Griffin, senior planning officer in strategic planning, has written a hard-hitting four-page report explaining why permission should not be granted for 70 homes to be built on Muggeridge Field, south of Athelstan Way, Horsham, near Chesworth Farm.

He warns it would have a ‘serious impact on the environment’ by turning an important area for wildlife conservation into a housing estate.

Mr Griffin’s is one of more than 250 objections against West Sussex County Council’s outline planning application, which have come from people across Horsham and beyond.

In his report, available to view on the district council website, he writes that it was in conflict with at least four of the district council’s planning policies, including its countryside protection policy.

He also highlights two occasions when Horsham District Council has identified the site as a potential development area, only for it to be ruled out at a later date.

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