Over 220 new homes have been built in Southwater in the past two years. And now Berkeley Homes has submitted an application for outline planning consent to build up to 634 more, on land to the west of Worthing Road.
If this were to be approved, it would increase the number of households in our parish by around 20%, without infrastructure to support that growth. This amounts to unsustainable development, which would impact seriously on the quality of life enjoyed by our community.
It would put yet more pressure on our roads, car parking, schools, doctors surgery, village amenities, and the sewerage system, which is unable to cope now. Furthermore, this huge development would take a minimum of 6 years to be completed, and possibly as long as 12 years, all the while causing traffic chaos and disruption along the Worthing Road, opposite the two schools, with trucks delivering materials daily and tradesmen’s vehicles coming and going constantly. And last, but certainly not least, even more of our green fields and woodlands would be gone forever, and it would threaten the viability of Great House Farm.
This petition has been started by KEEP SOUTHWATER GREEN, a community group formed to protect our village and surrounding areas from overdevelopment. Please sign online now to add your voice to this statement:
We are opposed to further large-scale development in Southwater. Berkeley Homes’ planning application ref DC/14/0590 is unacceptable to us. We demand that Horsham District Council respects the wishes of residents by refusing to grant planning permission for this scheme.
When you’ve signed, and added a comment if you’d like, please help us spread the word by sharing this petition via social media and e-mailing it to friends and neighbours, using the links provided on the page. For more information and ongoing updates, sign up to our mailing list to receive our newsletter, and visit our Facebook Page and Facebook Group.
IMPORTANT: after you’ve added your details to the online petition you may be taken through to a donations page. Please be aware that this is for iPetitions, the company that operates the petition site! Should you wish to make a donation to KSG to support the costs of this campaign, please send a cheque to the address below.