Mr Andrew Mitchell is quite right to raise the matter of Lyme Disease in his letter last week (22.10.15, p 35).
xperts believe that the increasing occurrence of Lyme Disease is due to a number of factors and top of the list the ‘increasing numbers of housing developments in rural areas’ and from housing
development intruding into the Green Belt.
This makes the use of brownfield sites all the more pressing. North Horsham Parish Council in their February 2014 response document to Cllr Vickers’ draft
housing plan identified a great number of sites suitable for development within the confines of the town. And of course, in addition, there are the 7,000 existing planning permissions across the district yet to be built out by developers – all before building in our own local ‘Green Belt’ between Horsham and Crawley is embarked upon.
But Cllr Dawe’s cabinet didn’t listen to the Horsham Society and parish councils such as Rusper, North Horsham and Broadbridge Heath and thousands of residents opposed to the North Horsham development.
Respected former HDC leader and chairman of Planning Committee (North), Cllr Liz Kitchen, said in this paper ‘they [HDC’s Cabinet] are hell bent on doing North Horsham’ (17.10.13, p35) thus losing 15 per cent of our ‘Green Belt’ which separates Horsham from Crawley.
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