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Last week, KSG submitted its formal objection to the revised Horsham District Planning Framework. This substantial document has taken a great deal of time and dedication to compile, in particular by Peter Handley and Richard Page. It’s not an easy read but please take a look, if only to skim through and appreciate the effort that has gone into it. You can access it as a PDF here: HDPF – KSG Objection 29.04.15. Read More


Wates Developments has submitted its formal application for outline planning consent for up to 193 dwellings on land west of Mill Straight, Southwater. This refers to the Hogs Wood field site, pictured above, which lies directly south of The Fieldings and Rascals Close. And you only have until 6th January 2015 to register objections so urgent action is required! Read More


On November 12th, both KSG and Southwater Parish Council made submissions to the Government’s Inspector examining the Horsham District Planning Framework. We felt we were not given a fair hearing for procedural reasons and we later sent him an additional representation letter, which can be read HERE. Now we must wait to see what his final decision is regarding the entire Horsham District and particularly in respect of our village. We must live in hope that he is experienced enough to see through the barrage of calls from North Horsham to put all that is currently proposed for that area in Southwater instead! Read More


The Planning Inspector has been nominated by the Government and he is going to decide in November whether or not to accept the Horsham District Plan. Of course, all the developers are arguing that he should not accept it and it would be much better to agree the vast extra numbers they want. Both Berkeley Homes and Wates Developments have submitted general proposals which, taken together with the 500 proposed by HDC, would impose more than 3000 houses upon Southwater! Read More


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


On 13th August, we had a meeting with Horsham District Council. The purpose was to get a feel for how HDC views the present situation now their Local Plan has been submitted to the Planning Inspector who will decide upon it during late autumn. Present at the meeting were Ian Thwaites and Richard Page of KSG, and Southwater’s three District Councillors, Claire Vickers, Ian Howard and John Chidlow, plus officers from HDC’s Planning Department and Environmental Health. This is our summary of the meeting.

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Our team of intrepid volunteers spent much of May and June gathering signatures door-to-door and in Lintot Square for the petition against Berkeley Homes’ planning application for 634 houses west of the Worthing Road. To date nearly 2800 people have signed this, and you can still add your name online HERE. We shall deliver it to Horsham District Council at the opportune moment.   Read More