Horsham Place Plan

What is it ?

The report to Horsham District Council Cabinet of the 28th January 2016 explained the the Horsham Place Plan produced to West Sussex County Council in the following terms:

There is continuing pressure on the budgets of all public bodies to deliver investment in essential infrastructure which is needed to facilitate the new homes and businesses that are also needed.

Therefore, it is important that all existing and proposed commitments are brought together in a comprehensive approach amongst stakeholders.

For this reason, and to maximise investment, West Sussex County Council is developing a Growth Plan which can be used to prioritise investment and also as a lobbying tool that will hopefully secure additional funding as it becomes available. Within the Growth Plan there will be a section for each local authority called a place plan that identifies and prioritises key issues and a delivery and investment plan for that area.

 

The Horsham Place Plan has been produced in close cooperation with Horsham District Council and brings together existing projects and requirements. The purpose of this report is to present the proposed Horsham Place Plan, which includes the identified key issues and priorities for Horsham District.

 

In due course will be amalgamated with the place plans of all the other authorities in West Sussex,within the West Sussex Growth Plan.

What impact does the Place Plan have on Horsham Blueprint?

Horsham Blueprint will seek to engage with WSC to ensure that Neighbourhood Plan and the Growth Plan are consistent with each other and meet the needs of the residents and business within the Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood forum area.

The Place Plan and forward to the WSCC Growth Plan can be found here:

Emerging themes – A market place of ideas…

Park BandstandOne of the themes emerging strongly from the consultation is the value placed on Horsham as a market town. Residents, both longstanding and newcomers, young and old, value the town for its character, its distinctiveness, its accessibility, its green spaces and its independent traders.

Horsham is at risk of becoming a dormitory town, house prices are expensive and many people travel out of town for higher paid employment.

It is evident that the world of work is changing and will continue to change as the Internet spreads further into our lives- we believe that the existing successful digital business based in Horsham can be built upon to develop Horsham as a digital hub, Its attractive environment, tree-lined streets and cafe culture provide a good location for business. Promoting Horsham as a Market Place of Ideas blends together the old and the new, enabling this traditional market town to reinvent its self for the 21st century.

To find out more read ….Horsham Blueprint Marketplace of Ideas

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Newsletter June 2016

Horsham Blueprint
Newsletter June 2016

“To promote or improve the social, economic and environmental
well-being of the un-parished area of Horsham Town”

Imagine Horsham

Many thanks to all of you who came to visit us at Imagine Horsham in April. Thanks too to Gill Buchanan and her staff for the use of the shop, and to all those who helped to put on the exhibition. We were over-whelmed by your responses. Particular thanks go to all those of you who wrote very detailed responses about what you would like to see for the future of the town. We have been processing all the comments and are now working on the next stage of producing a plan. All the analysis of the comments has given us key themes and topics which we are using to produce a progress report. This will show the ideas and opportunities that have been identified. In some cases, we already have possible policies and projects. We will let everyone know when this is issued so that you can all comment further and let us know if we are on the right track.

Alongside the progress report, we will also be producing a survey to ensure that everyone has had a chance to have their say about what should be in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Meanwhile, in April we put out a Call for Sites for development and are currently working with AECOM on assessment of the sites which have been submitted or which we have identified. We have also made more progress with identifying the green spaces that we wish to see protected. We are also continuing to develop projects and policies around the theme of “Marketplace of Ideas” which was one of the key ideas we presented at Imagine Horsham. There will be more news shortly about our next business events.

 

Keeping Informed

As a community group, we have very limited funding. It is costly for us to send out letters and leaflets, especially with the price of postage, so we have to use every other means possible to keep in touch with everyone. We are on Twitter @blueprintnf and this links to our Facebook page. Please follow us on either of those as we post regularly with your comments as well latest news from our area and the world of neighbourhood planning. In addition, we have updates in the Neighbourhood Council newsletters and we try to produce press releases as often as possible so that we reach a wider audience. It will help us greatly if you could talk about us with your friends and neighbours, especially those who are not on social media or the internet so that they know what we are doing.

Annual General Meeting

We hereby give notice that our Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 27th June 2016 at the Rehoboth Church, New Street. The papers, including the Resolutions, are on our website. All are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to stand for the Steering Group should complete an application form and send it to us by Wednesday 22nd June. We would welcome some fresh energy and new faces!

Shelley Fountain

A major request throughout all our consultation was for the Shelley Fountain (or Rising Universe) to be removed. We had a few requests for it to be repaired and brought back into use, but the majority wished to see it go. We therefore supported Horsham District Council’s decision to remove it. We had some great ideas for a replacement, including sculpture by local artists Hannah Stewart or Paul Day, a statue of Shelley, a Dalek in tribute to Ray Cusick who lived in Horsham, and an ordinary fountain. We have passed all of the ideas on to HDC. In the meanwhile, we understand that there will be temporary planting in the fountain basin.

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Sculpture by Hannah Stewart in Horsham Park Maze

New Street Pocket Garden

Work is progressing well on this community project. It has been awarded funding from both the DCLG and Tesco’s Bags of Help. If you wish to be involved, there is a meeting at 10am on Saturday June 4th at the Rehoboth Church.

 

Other Neighbourhoods

It’s fascinating seeing what other neighbourhoods do as part of their work. In Highgate they have been monitoring air quality. They explain how this will affect policies in the plan, as well as possible community actions and initiatives that they would support.

In St Albans, they have produced a design code. This might be something that we could do here, possibly drawing on the expertise of Horsham Society.

Many towns and cities are looking at improving their cycling facilities as more and more people wish to cycle or to have safe cycling lanes for their children to use. This has been a strong theme in our consultation and we will be looking at what we can do within our policies. Meanwhile, there is a useful report from Leicester about how they are improving cycling. Locally, West Sussex County Council are consulting on their Strategy to 2026. Submissions have to reach them by 22nd June.

 

Future Events

Apart from our AGM, we will be at Sparks in the Park on 10th July, so you can catch us there if you want to chat about our plan. Meanwhile, watch out for details of our business events in the next few months.

 

Best wishes

Frances

Imagine Horsham! April 2016

Imagine Horsham! Swan Walk 9-10 April 2016

imagine2Over the last couple of years Horsham Blueprint has consulted widely and various events and activities across the town.

The “Imagine Horsham” exhibition in Swan Walk (7-10 April 2016) provided a wonderful opportunity to share with residents and visitors alike whats good about Horsham and what could and should be improved.

The exhibition comprised of over 20 posters with each focusing on a specific topic – reflecting the key themes identified in over 1600 individual comments received by the time of the exhibition.

It’s estimated that over the 3 days well over a 1000 people visited the exhibition and what’s more over 160 of those visited took the trouble to express on paper their thoughts about the town and how it could be improved.

See what the local press says about “Imagine Horsham”:

You too can see what the people of Horsham have to say so far; simply scroll through the slide show below (it may take a few moments to load):

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Imagine Horsham Screen Social Results !

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Imagine Horsham (consultation event – Swan Walk, Horsham 8-10 April 2016 – Survey results

Key results:

  • 62% of respondents indicated that increasing car parking costs would drive them to shop else where
  • 79% say that there are not enough public toilets in town

 

Are there enough activities for teenagers?

·         Yes 24.7% (55 votes)

·         No 75.3% (168 votes)

Will increasing car park charges mean that you shop elsewhere or on-line?

·         Yes 62.2% (138 votes)

·         No 37.8% (84 votes)

Do you find it easy to get around Horsham other than by car?

·         Yes 68.6% (151 votes)

·         No 31.8% (70 votes)

Would you prefer to work at or close to home?

·         Yes 77.8% (172 votes)

·         No 22.2% (49 votes)

Have you or your family had problems finding housing to buy or rent in Horsham?

·         Yes 33.2% (73 votes)

·         No 66.8% (147 votes)

Do you think Horsham needs another supermarket?

·         Yes 49.3% (108 votes)

·         No 50.7% (111 votes)

Do you think that Horsham is welcoming to visitors?

·         Yes 79.3% (172 votes)

·         No 20.7% (45 votes)

Would you support Horsham Town as an Age-Friendly Town?

·         Yes 81.5% (176 votes)

·         No 18.5% (40 votes)

Have you been affected by flooding in Horsham?

·         Yes 16.7% (36 votes)

·         No 83.3% (179 votes)

Do you have problems parking by or near to your home?

·         Yes 26.5% (57 votes)

·         No 73.5% (158 votes)

Would you cycle if Horsham had more cycle paths?

·         Yes 53.3% (114 votes)

·         No 46.7% (100 votes)

Will increasing car park charges mean that you travel in to Horsham on foot, by bike or by bus?

·         Yes 55.9% (119 votes)

·         No 44.1% (94 votes)

Do you think air quality in Horsham Town needs improving?

·         Yes 39% (83 votes)

·         No 61% (130 votes)

Would you use a bus service to John Lewis and Waitrose?

·         Yes 29.6% (63 votes)

·         No 70.4% (150 votes)

Would you use bus services later in the evening?

·         Yes 46.7% (99 votes)

·         No 53.3% (113 votes)

Do you use the open spaces and parks in Horsham Town?

·         Yes 84.8% (179 votes)

·         No 15.2% (32 votes)

Would you volunteer to help look after the open spaces?

·         Yes 43.8% (92 votes)

·         No 56.2% (118 votes)

Do you think more should be done to promote Horsham as a place to visit and stay?

·         Yes 73.8% (155 votes)

·         No 26.2% (55 votes)

Are there sufficient public toilets in Horsham Town?

·         Yes 30.1% (63 votes)

·         No 69.9% (146 votes)

Are there sufficient litter bins in Horsham Town?

·         Yes 46.9% (98 votes)

·         No 53.1% (111 votes)

Are there sufficient seats in Horsham Town?

·         Yes 51.8% (118 votes)

·         No 48.2% (110 votes)

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