The Society's purpose is to watch over the interests of the town and its surroundings, to guard its heritage, to promote good planning and design and to speak up when it believes decisions critical to Horsham are being considered. Therefore the most important aspect of the Society's work is the active part it plays in the town planning process.
We have worked with the Neighbourhood Councils and North Horsham Parish Council to produce a Design Statement for Horsham. We have also spoken out (with great success) against certain proposals for the Local Development Framework, and developments such as Ramsey Close green and Muggeridge Field. In these pages we'll be keeping you up to date with our activities.
Horsham District Council's policy documents frequently contain references to the necessity of a high standard of design, probably in response to government exhortations to promote good design, but they have not always had much effect. Over the years we have pressed the Council to set up a design panel of outside experts to provide advice on significant schemes but it has never agreed. Design panels are common elsewhere and HDC’s intransigence can only be interpreted as disinterest in the quality of design of new buildings. The result is too many poor and banal schemes which are not only disappointing in their own right but also set future developers a very low standard to meet. Click below for more information