Town Design Statements are published documents that provide a detailed description of the existing character of a town and set out guidelines on how to encourage new development that enhances and compliments what already exists. They are created and written by the local community with advice and input from the relevant planning authority who oversees the process and the documents eventual adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document within the Local Development Framework.
A steering committee including representatives of the three Neighbourhood Councils, North Horsham Parish Council, and the Horsham Society worked together, with the support and advice from District Council Officers, to produce a Design Statement for Horsham town. The document builds on the Neighbourhood Character Assessments prepared by the Neighbourhood Councils in 2005, augmented to include Holbrook and Roffey within North Horsham Parish, and comments received following a successful public exhibition in Swan Walk and a public consultation on a draft document in the summer of 2008.
Following a resolution of Cabinet on 20 November 2008, the Horsham Town Design Statement was formally adopted by the Council on the 19 December 2008 and will now form part of the Councilís Local Development Framework as a Supplementary Planning Document.
The Design Statement and accompanying documents can be viewed below:
The Design Statement can also be viewed at the Horsham District Council Offices Planning Reception and at the Horsham Library and Help Point. Hard copies are available on request from John Steele (01403 272814) and from the Horsham District Council Strategic and Community Planning Department on 01403 215398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org