LETTER: Challenges ahead for ‘sound’ plan

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The planning department at HDC, which is controlled by Cllr Claire Vickers, wrote an email to residents on their mailing list of those concerned about her housing plan.

The email said ‘following the Examination of this plan by an Independent Planning Inspector, the Council have now received the Inspector’s Final Report. The report concludes that the plan is sound’.

One can just imagine Cllr Vickers and the cabinet at HDC jumping for joy at what they interpret as wonderful news.

Surprise, surprise - the retired Inspector Salter decided that Cllr Vickers had produced a plan for Horsham District that is ‘sound’.

Putting the word ‘sound’ in bold type in the email presumably was meant to convey to mere mortals that the Inspector has finally spoken.

That is it. All this opposition through your pages can now stop – it is all over. If the Inspector says it is sound – it must be sound.

But of course it isn’t all over. The housing plan that Cllr Vickers has led now has to go before full council on Thursday, 19 November at 6pm – where Cllrs Dawe and Vickers will assume the plan will be passed by a majority vote – though that is not certain.

Then it has to go to Development North Committee and most of the members who voted for the Motion put to Council on June 24 are members of that committee.

North Horsham Parish Council is seeking legal advice as to whether there is a case to be made in a Judicial Review at the High Court over the plan and the process steered through by Cllrs Dawe and Vickers – so they shouldn’t be cracking open the Champagne just yet.


Parry Close,



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