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Horsham Enterprise Park proposals take a big step forward with outline planning permission granted
17th October 2019

'We can now develop these proposals more roundly and focus on how we will deliver this vision to the people of Horsham and wider'

Proposals for a new Horsham Enterprise Park, bringing commercial space, housing and community facilities to Horsham town centre, have taken a big step forward after gaining outline planning approval last night (16 October).

Horsham District Council agreed with the officer’s recommendation for approval. It means West Sussex County Council can progress to the next stage of the redevelopment of the former Novartis site in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham.

County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “To get to this stage has taken more than two years of hard work to develop a plan for the former Novartis site which brings maximum benefit to Horsham while also ensuring our proposals are financially viable.

“Our aim is for Horsham Enterprise Park to support economic growth by providing new commercial space for businesses and so bringing more than 1,500 local jobs into the area. The residential element, which is needed to make our plans viable, will bring a good mix of affordable housing for Horsham and community facilities for all to enjoy.

“Having passed through the important stage of outline planning permission, we can now develop these proposals more roundly and focus on how we will deliver this vision to the people of Horsham and wider.”

Approximately two-thirds of the site is planned for commercial development. The remaining one-third will be for new homes. The 1930s Art Deco building will be retained.

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