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Housing and building development for Horsham to create 3,000 jobs
A major housing and business development could create 3,000 jobs, it has been claimed.
The long-term plan includes the provision of 2,500 new homes, a business centre, supermarket, a medical centre and schools.
The new neighbourhood is proposed on a site north of Horsham off the A264.
Details were recently revealed and received “overwhelming support” at a Horsham District Council meeting.
It is part of the council’s planning framework and sets out a target of building more than 500 homes in the district per year by 2031.
It is hoped the site will provide homes and jobs close together and be attractive to growing companies for easy access to a motorway and Gatwick Aiport.
A new parkway railway station is also proposed off the A264 dual carriageway.
Councillor Claire Vickers, member for living and working communities, said: “The strategy is a result of a long and in-depth review of our current policies, recent evidence and most importantly the views expressed in previous consultations.
“We have listened to our communities and while I appreciate that it is not possible to please everyone, we have tried to address the concerns and issues raised.
“It is both an intention and aspiration to bring communities with us in preparing our plans for the future.”
Coun Ray Dawe, leader of Horsham District Council, said: “There is a high number of people in the district currently of working age that will be retiring during the life of this plan and our strategy needs to address this issue to maintain our working-age population and ensure that the district continues to prosper and does not go into decline.”
Coun Simon Torn, one of six Conservative councillors against the plan, said: “The plan includes a business park which is where the 3,000 jobs come from, but that could be built elsewhere and isn’t dependant on the development being in that spot.
“The strategic gap between Crawley and Horsham is important, it’s psychologically important to keep the two town’s identities separate.
“The problem is most people accept we need new houses, as long as it’s not near them.”
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