Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

It has been a year since I last wrote to you about Horsham Blueprint. Whilst it’s been quiet on the communications front; work has been going ahead to finalise the list of proposed policy topics and to develop the accompanying policy templates that will form the backbone of the Neighbourhood Plan.


Horsham Blueprint will be seeking the technical support of specialist Neighbourhood Planning Consultants to take forward this aspect of the work; and to that end is inviting suitably experienced consultants to submit “Expressions of Interest” with a view to their inclusion on a formal tender list in early Autumn.

The list of proposed policy topics will shortly be published on the Blueprint Website for informal consultation and any comments you may have will be very welcome ( .


This year’s AGM will be held on the morning of Saturday 15th September 2018 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, New Street, Horsham.


GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations

By now you all will have heard about the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Horsham Blueprint has published a Privacy Notice and Policy on the Website. In brief this confirms that the only personal information Horsham Blueprint holds is your contact details; and that this information will only be used for the purposes for which it is provided – namely to keep you informed (and where appropriate to consult you) about the work of Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum and the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.


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Best wishes

Andrew Cooke

Acting Chair
Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum

Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum, supported by Forest, Denne and Trafalgar Neighbourhood Councils is working to develop a neighbourhood plan for Horsham Town. This plan, when adopted, will form part of the statutory framework that will govern future developments within the town.

2017 Annual General Meeting (14th August)

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You are warmly invited to the Horsham Blueprint AGM at 7:30pm on the 14th August at Rehoboth Church, New Street, Horsham

The focus of this years AGM will be Blueprint’s Vision for Horsham. The Vision builds upon the feedback received from the residents of Horsham town during the consultation conducted over recent years.

We are at an important step in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan as we move from evidence gathering to policy development. 

And so we will also:

  • be explaining the intended scope of the Neighbourhood plan, and how the policies being developed for the neighbourhood plan will contribute to making that Vision a reality; and

  • describing how draft policy proposals can be commented on directly via our website.

We look forwards to meeting you on the 14th!


AGM Papers:



Spring 2017 Update

Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum, supported by Forest, Denne and Trafalgar Neighbourhood Councils is working to develop a neighbourhood plan for Horsham Town. This plan when adopted will form part of the statutory framework that will govern future developments within the town.








Dear All

Last Autum Horsham Blueprint delivered a summary of the their Interim Report detailing progress so far, to every property in Horsham Town (the full report can be found here

interimThe report also included an invite to complete and online survey (hard copies were also available) with a range of questions regarding aspects of life in Horsham.

Many thanks to all you who completed the survey – there was a fantastic response with over 300 people completing it either online or by hard copy.With 50 individual questions and 300+ plus responses the survey generated a lot a very useful information.

Here are a number of “highlights” from the survey that we would like to share with you:

So… of those respondents who expressed an opinion:

  • 67% say that having a say in decisions affecting Horsham is important to them.
  • 75% say that the neighbourhood plan should allocate sites for affordable housing.
  • 84% say all new residential properties should have at least one allocated parking space
  • 98% support the preservation of existing open spaces and parks
  • 54% indicated that the cost of car parking influenced how often they went into Horsham
  • 45% believed that more should be done to promote Horsham as a tourist destination 28% disagreed and 27% have no opinion on the matter

And when asked what do you like about Horsham a wide variety of responses were received. Here are a just a few which we think best captures why people love Horsham:

“Sense of community and friendliness/Kindness, the fact that it is clean and generally well cared for, Horsham park and other open spaces, generally fell safe”

“Its a wonderful town at present with access to beautiful country side”“Horsham has a good vibe and lots of great events and a great market, these are all amazing!”

And in the interest of balance – a few things that people are concerned about:

“Waitrose should have remained where it was. The new location makes it too far to get to easily.”

“Exhorbitant parking charges in the town centre. Hard to see why one should have to pay £2.40 to park in Swan Walk car park even if you are there for 30 minutes. Why does the car park not have a graduating scale of fees…so you only pay for the time you are there rather than one charge for the first 2 hours? This simply discourages people from coming to town.”

“Ever increasing number of residents/flats/houses but very little provision for infrastructure to cope with it. The South East is poorly served for a choice of essential shopping now that Waitrose has moved. I don’t feel the Council puts enough effort into public consultations on issues of planning.”

So what does all this information gleaned by the Survey mean for the plan?

Well it reinforces the comments and observations made to Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum at wide range of events and venues across the town over the last couple of years. It helps provide us with a robust body of evidence upon which to develop the plan.

It won’t be able to address every thing that has been raised, but it will seek to maintain and even enhance what people love about the town; whilst endeavoring to mitigate those issues which cause concern.

If you would like to learn more about Horsham Blueprint, please visit our website

Best Wishes

Andrew Cooke
Acting Chair – Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum

April 2017


Survey of Residents and Businesses


Welcome to the Horsham Blueprint Survey

The purpose of the Survey is to build upon existing consultation to help us better understand what your priorities are for the town – so we can ensure they are reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan. Please click on the link below to complete the Residents’ Survey.

There is a separate survey for businesses which are based in the Horsham Town unparished area. If you represent a business or are considering operating a business in our area, please complete our Business Survey.

Residents or visitors

If you are Horsham resident (or visitor) to the town please complete the Residents’ Survey here

If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey then please call 07716976088 leaving your name and address; and a hard copy will be delivered to you (together with a stamped addressed envelope for its return).


Businesses in Horsham town

If you are completing the survey on behalf of a business, please complete the Business Survey here




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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