County Times readers who were unable to attend may be interested in the ‘lowlights’ from Horsham District Council’s consideration of the £957 million North of Horsham development application by Liberty Property Trust:
“Onerous restrictions placed on councillors who wanted to read the secret unredacted viability report” – Responsibility: Chief Executive, Tom Crowley and Leader of Council, Cllr Ray Dawe.
“This is one of the most important planning applications we have ever seen before this council... No need to get wound up about the viability report” – Cabinet Member for Planning and Development, Cllr Claire Vickers.
“It is unusual or rare for greenfield sites to meet 35 per cent affordable housing” - Director of Planning, Economic Development and Property, Chris Lyons.
“We can’t do any more. We can’t do any more OK? Now is the time to stand up as councillors make the decision on this application and go forward” - Cllr Brian O’Connell.
Viability – Landowner estimated profit: £77 million. Liberty estimated net profit: £174 million. Contribution towards consequently required Horsham District community infrastructure: £zero. Financial cost to Horsham District rate-payers: £millions. Eventual cost to Horsham District residents: incalculable.
Tennyson Close, Horsham
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