PBA has been involved in the promotion of the land north of Horsham since 2011, compiling evidence and producing workable, cost-effective solutions to demonstrate that the site would deliver a sustainable development, preferable to other locations in the district. The plans have now been approved following promotion and stakeholder engagement from PBA.
We were selected by Liberty Property Trust to support them on the promotion of the site through the council’s Local Planning Framework process as a result of our local knowledge, reputation and strong relationships with key stakeholders. The scheme comprises 2,750 homes, a 46,450 m² business park, 6,000 m² food retail space, secondary school, two primary schools and a parkway station, as well as local shopping facilities, leisure, health and community uses.
Based on our previous experience and local knowledge in successfully promoting a nearby development, we were able to successfully guide our client through the promotion process and provide sound advice and on the Council’s requirements, constraints and aspirations for the site.
Our client was faced with a number of challenges to overcome–local reluctance for development in this location due to potential impact on the adjacent primary route (A264), potential increases rat-running traffic, severance issues on the A264, flood risk and concerns relating to noise from expansion plans at Gatwick Airport. The site had no planning status when we were commissioned and had previously been ruled out as a preferred site.
The PBA multidisciplinary team provided effective solutions to these challenges through the preparation of a non-technical report on transport infrastructure and flood risk, backed up by robust technical evidence that stood up to close examination. Through this approach, the site has been successfully allocated in the adopted Local Planning Framework. Plans were approved in May 2017.