Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

Comment ID /4828
Document Section Draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Economic Development (Key Questions) Strategic Policy 6 - Economic Growth Strategic Policy 6 - Economic Growth View all on this section
Respondent Plainview Planning Ltd (Miss E… View all by this respondent
Agent Plainview Planning Ltd (Miss E…
Response Date 30 Mar 2020
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  • Support
Summary
There is an opportunity to expand the Employment Site Allocation further than currently envisaged at Broomers Hill Business Park, Pulborough.
Comment

We support the Employment Site Allocations as listed. areas identified for growth. However, this could go further. Paragraph 5.8 notes that:  

“The Economic Growth Assessment 2019 indicates current employment commitments (such as existing allocations and planning permissions) broadly match the employment needs generated by a population growth derived from the housing requirements based on the Government’s Standard Method (965 dwellings per annum).  However, should the District seek to meet some of the unmet housing needs of neighbouring local planning authorities, then intensification of existing sites and / or additional employment land will be required to meet the future needs in the District over the plan period.

There is an opportunity to expand the Employment Site Allocation further than currently envisaged at Broomers Hill Business Park, Pulborough. The submitted Settlement Boundary Suggestions map includes land opposite the allocation for the expansion of the Broomers Hill Business Park.

This part of Pulborough to the west of the A29 is currently excluded from the BUAB but contains built form - including Stane Farm Business Park and dwellings to the north and south adjacent to the existing settlement boundary. These buildings form part of the village for the purposes of the Census. They also fall well within a 1km walking distance of the shops and services of the village. Given that an allocation on the eatern side of the A29 has been found to be appropriate we can see no logical reason why it cannot also apply to the west. 

This goes back to the above point about unnecessarily tightly drawn BUABs. There is a real opportunity to provide for employment and housing sites on a small scale within Pulborough through a widened BUAB which actually reflects existing built form which is part of the village. If this were the case, infill and windfall sites would immediately be available for development. 

Proposed Change Expand the Employment Site Allocation further than currently envisaged at Broomers Hill Business Park, Pulborough.
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