LETTER: Eyesore leading to urban sprawl

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On Saturday October 1 I visited the Park Barn to see the Liberty Trust’s North Horsham Development Exhibition via two closed uninviting doors.

I duly noticed that the project will be built in three five year phases with 750 homes out of 2,750 being completed in the final phase.

Incredibly the development is going to take 15 years to complete on such a picturesque beautiful landscape bordering the north side of the A264 and Horsham town.

Can one imagine the amount of bulldozers, diggers, muckaway lorries, delivery vans, workers vehicles, pumps, generators, Portacabins, possibly static cranes, mobile cranes, all causing an extremely dusty, muddy and noisey atmosphere.

Couple all of this to the revelations in Dr G. Richardson’s excellent and informative letter in the WSCT of September 29 regarding a meeting between various dignitaries in camera, with no minutes recorded introducing Liberty Trust to Horsham District Council.

Then I ask myself why an American outfit, when surely there is an abundance of British developers and financiers.

To me the whole project with a span of 15 years will be an eyesore, possibly leaving a stain for the following years which could ultimately look like an urban sprawl reaching almost to the Crawley/Horsham boundaries.

I can well remember a few years ago the champagne corks popping in Horsham District Council’s offices in celebration of saving the strategic gap between the two West Sussex towns.

I now ask myself what happened to that very sound and logical ideal!

Surely, it is not too late to just reconsider what harm and legacy this development will leave for the Horsham area, with already many adverse comments being made by those travelling along the scenic A264 and A24.

For the 10,000 expected new inhabitants of this development will our infrastructure cope with it with regards to railways, station car parks, roads, buses, doctors, hospitals, libraries, dentists, etc etc.

I really am not so sure, as often infrastructure is frequently following along at the back of the queue.

Derek Castle

Gagglewood, Mannings Heath


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