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We have made quite good progress in the last weeks in our efforts to convince everyone that there are so many things wrong with the planning application from Berkeley Homes that it simply has to be rejected. First, we have submitted to Horsham District Council our long and detailed objection to the proposal. If you would like to read this in full it can be seen HERE.

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On 8th May, Southwater Parish Council’s planning committee convened to consider Berkeley Homes’ application, among other items on the agenda. The meeting held in the evening at Beeson House was open to the public, with many people in attendance. Two councillors, Laurie Apted and Barbara Varley, had to excuse themselves from the discussion as they declared an interest, both having signed KSG’s previous petition against BH’s plans in 2011. That left just five other councillors in the room. Read More


Our formal objection to planning application DC/14/0590: Land West of Worthing Road, Southwater, West Sussex. Residential development of up to 580 dwellings and 54 retirement living apartments, associated vehicular, cycle and pedestrian access, drainage and landscape works and provision of land for sports/recreation facilities (Outline) (Development affects the setting of a Listed Building).

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At the end of March, Berkeley Homes submitted an outline planning application for 634 homes, exactly as they presented their proposal to us in the Beeson House exhibition at the start of the monthNow we have to make it quite clear not only that there are many flaws in the application but also that if Horsham District Council allows this to go through it will be doing so against the wishes of the vast majority of the population.

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This website is run by a community group formed in 2010 to fight proposals to build 2,750 homes in Southwater. That particular battle was won but the war goes on. Our green and pleasant land is still under attack.