Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Comment ID /4571
Document Section Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Infrastructure, Transport and Healthy Communities (Key Questions) Infrastructure, Transport and Healthy Communities View all on this section
Respondent Louise Williamson View all by this respondent
Response Date 30 Mar 2020
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Summary
Ashington has limited to poor existing infrastructure for its current size. The Reg 18 Plan details no proposals to improve it for Ashington. Public transport links are currently poor and there are no plans to improve them. This will lead to increased dependence on private cars. There is currently no Doctors' Surgery or Health Centre in Ashington, and very limited food and other shopping facilities.
Comment

Ashington has limited to poor existing infrastructure for its current size. The Reg 18 Plan details no proposals to improve it for Ashington. Public transport links are currently poor and there are no plans to improve them. This will lead to increased dependence on private cars. There is currently no Doctors' Surgery or Health Centre in Ashington - most people go either to Steyning or Storrington. What assessment has been made of the impact of the additional homes in Ashington on those villages in terms of health services, shopping, parking, air pollution, etc? Rectory Lane is completely unsuitable for a major expansion of housing to the extent envisaged in the Reg 18 Plan. There are two small food outlets in the village - the Co-op and M&S at the BP garage - but neither have parking facilities appropriate to the proposed increase in homes.

Proposed Change Even what is proposed in the Ashington Neighbourhood Plan is preferable in terms of number of new homes, although this would still create considerable traffic problems for Rectory Lane and Church Lane, as well as increasing strain on existing infrastructure.
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