Southwater campaigners win battle over barn

SOUTHWATER campaigners have won a second battle after an application to change the use of Easteds Barn was refused by councillors.

The controversial planning application to change the barn from a community facility to an infant school and community facility went before Horsham District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday.

Some residents argued that the barn in Easteds Lane was a social lifeline for the elderly people of Southwater and have been campaigning against the application.

However, the Montessori school, who submitted the application, said the new plans would be offering choice for parents and a service to the community.

The school is currently based in Church Lane, Southwater but their lease comes to an end in August 2012 and cannot be renewed, so they will have to move.

In March last year, planning permission was sought for the barn to be used as the school’s new premises but councillors voted against it.

The latest plans have received 86 letters of objection and 53 letters of support.

For the full story see this week’s County Times.