We are the civic society for the town of Horsham in the county of West Sussex, UK.
The purpose of the Horsham Society is to watch over the interests of the town, to guard its heritage, to promote good planning and design and to speak up when it believes decisions critical to Horsham are being considered. We have a strong membership, a pedigree stretching back to 1955, an influential reputation and we are one of the largest civic societies in south-east England.
We publish leaflets and books. Members also receive a newsletter, packed with interest and published eleven times a year, which contains news on topical issues of concern, articles dealing with the history and future of the town, and a busy letters page. Members are encouraged to submit their own articles and views on issues that concern them or their neighbours, and a lively exchange of opinion usually results.
Planning issues are a major concern for the Society as changes made today, for good or ill, will last for decades and perhaps much longer. On this website you can view details of the comments that we have made in regard to strategic planning, including public consultations, and reprentations made about individual planning applications, both old and new.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of Horsham, please consider becoming a member.
Our 2018 season of free Heritage Guided Walks will continue until the end of September.
The walks take place every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm, starting from outside Horsham Museum and Art Gallery in Causeway. No booking is required - just turn up on the day. Why not come a little earlier and take a look around our splendid Museum.
Take a look at current news and issues of interest to the Society here.
Every fortnight we have a column in the West Sussex County Times and you can read the latest articles here.
We regularly comment on planning applications. See our latest representations here.
Members only: the minutes of the 2018 AGM can be found here.
Horsham District Council has embarked upon its Local Plan Review and will be issuing a series of consultation papers on different aspects of the Local Plan. The Society has responded to the Council's recent consultation on employment and the visitor economy. The Society response and the background papers can be accessed from the Strategic Planning page here. We also devoted a recent column in the West Sussex County Times to the employment issue: see here.
The Society has responded to the Government's consultation on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework which is an important document which Planning Authorities have to follow when making local development plans. The Society response and the background papers are available on the Strategic Planning page here.