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Election day is fast approaching. We’ll be voting not only for who is to be our new MP but also for our representatives on Horsham District Council. Claire Vickers, one of Southwater’s three current District Councillors (along with John Chidlow and Ian Howard), has asked us to publicise the fact that they will be holding a pre-election surgery at Beeson House in Lintot Square on Saturday 2nd May from 10.00 to 11.00am. Read More


See below for the text of KSG’s official objection to the revised planning application submitted by Berkeley Homes, reducing the total number of units to 594. This was addressed to Dr Chris Lyons, Director of Planning, Economic Development and Property, Horsham District Council, and dated 24th November 2014.

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Last week the news sheet that is published by Southwater’s District Councillors, Claire Vickers, Ian Howard and John Chidlow, was delivered through letterboxes throughout the parish. Its headline article addresses the current position regarding planning proposals and explains the importance of the Horsham District Planning Framework. For those who’ve not read it, the full text is quoted below together with a pertinent piece from the reverse page. Read More


Dr Ian Thwaites, spokesman for KSG, has written directly to Tony Pidgley, who is the founder and Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, making explicit his concerns regarding the risk of anthrax should the field in front of Great House Farm be built on. The text of this letter is reproduced below. Copies were sent to Francis Maude MP, councillors and officers at HDC as well as Environmental Health. To date, there has been no reply. Read More


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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