Development company Generator Group has presented plans for a new 800-home ‘village’ on a golf course north of Southwater and south of Horsham opposite Hop Oast.
It follows an application for planning permission for 1,500 new homes on nearby land to the northwest of Southwater already submitted to Horsham District Council by developers Berkeley Homes.
Generator Group says it wants to build ‘Horsham Golf and Fitness Village’ – which, along with the 800 new homes, would have sports facilities, a shop, cafe, community center and ‘coworking space’ for residents, as well as family gardens, community orchards, gardens and parks “to create a network of green corridors in the service of biodiversity”.
The company is currently seeking public opinion on its proposals which would see the 137-acre site become a ‘sustainable home for sports and leisure clubs alongside educational and charitable services in an established location’.
It aims to provide a new permanent home for Horsham Hockey Club and a new home for the Warren Clark Golfing Dreams charity and Golf College.
It would, he says, retain a nine-hole golf course to the north, as well as a practice course, mini-golf course, state-of-the-art driving range and a new clubhouse.
It also says it would provide new pedestrian and cycle connections, including the possibility of a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the A24, or a signal-controlled level crossing at the Hop Oast Park and Ride junction.
It says it would also improve an existing planted buffer zone to the north of the site to “mitigate any potential impact on the adjacent Denne Park Grade II listed building and its setting”.
Generator Group says it estimates there are 13,000 visits per year to the Warren Clark Golfing Dreams site.
“The program will have no cost to the public purse,” he says.
The company said it intended to submit a formal planning application on its proposals to Horsham District Council later this year.
Meanwhile, Berkeley Homes has already submitted an application for the 1,500 homes it proposes to build northwest of Southwater.