Over the past months we have heard various senior councillors warning the public and especially councillors who might be inclined to vote at a key moment against the North of Horsham development warning of the serious, doom laden consequences.
Without a Local Plan approved by the Inspector on July 3, developers they say will flock in and submit plans for housing schemes that the council will not be able to stop. If Liberty’s plan for North Horsham were to be refused by the council, Liberty might sue the council for all the time, effort and money this American company has expended to date.
I can’t understand why councillors should be concerned about any legal action: they must do the right thing and have the right plan for the district.
Cllr Vickers moved the 2,750 houses from her ward of Southwater to North Horsham thus breaking a 30 year promise not to breach the Strategic Gap. Conservatives that represent town seats must fight back and move them back to Southwater thus ensuring the village gets a new secondary school.
The Inspection was not about Liberty rather it was about the council and its plan to develop the whole district. If Liberty wish to bid for a development within the approved plan whatever form that takes – then it takes its proposals to the council’s planning committee – but we are not at that stage yet.
Unless there has been some ‘tacit’ agreement with Liberty, the council and taxpayers have nothing to fear.
Perhaps it is time the pro-planning duo of Cllrs Ray Dawe and Claire Vickers tell us whether there has been any secret meetings and prior agreement with Liberty that this American company can have the contract.
Owlscastle Close, Horsham
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