This is to update on latest developments and clarify how/when the Parish Council will be formulating its position to HDC planners. In particular, readers are asked to note that the parish’s discussion of the Abingworth Phase 2 proposals will be focused at the scheduled Planning meeting of Monday 23rd January (6.30pm, Village Hall), rather than the general Parish Council meeting of Monday 16th January.
As readers are probably already aware, following recent consultations including the well-attended 12 November event in the Village Hall, Abingworth Homes applied in December for ‘phase 2’ changes to amend the area within the existing development permission designated for 51 bungalow-style units for the over-55s. The proposal seeks to increase house numbers to 62 in total and remove the over-55s condition. The revised mix would be: 29 x 3-bed and 33 x 4-bed ‘family sized dwellings’. Of these, 40 would be 2 storey dwellings and 22 bungalow style. This would include 4 further affordable units, to be delivered as 2 x 3-bed semi-detached units. Other features of the revised scheme include adjustments to the proposed road layout, and addition of a flat above the village shop. Full documentation can be accessed via this HDC planning reference link: DC/16/2835.
The application suggests that further community benefits could be linked to the changes, including more traffic calming measures around Abingworth, works to enforce a lower speed limit on the B2139 south of Jackets Hill and to enable a safe walking/cycling route between central Thakeham and Storrington. The application also acknowledges and presents proposals to mitigate the impact of additional house numbers.
The Parish Council’s response to these proposals will be decided at its scheduled Neighbourhood Planning Committee meeting of 23rd January 2017. Members of the public are, as usual, welcome to attend. To help ensure an effective discussion, attendees wishing to input are asked to note the Committee’s procedure and protocol, and to tailor their contributions accordingly. (See: Protocol for attendee input to Planning Cttee mtgs).
The Parish Council will seek to agree a position on these proposals that reflects the views of the majority of Thakeham residents. It will then be for Horsham District Council’s Development Committee South to decide the application.
Owen Richards, Thakeham Parish Clerk