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Forest Neighbourhood Council (FNC)

represents the views of residents by acting as a channel for consultation with the County and District Councils and other community bodies

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Out now, you will find information about
Tesco's application for a cash machine
and links to
Horsham Blueprint's draft Neighbourhood Plan
and HDC's draft Local Plan

Proposed 20 mph speed limit in New Street rejected

20 mph sign

Unfortunately, our application was not accepted.
This does not mean that the proposal will be shelved.
There will be further discussions with Highways.

See more details and read the text of the letter from WSCC Highways

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Horsham Blueprint Business Neighbourhood Plan Forum

Please let us have your views on proposals
for a neighbourhood development plan
encompassing the unparished area of Horsham,
i.e. Forest, Denne and Trafalgar.

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Council meeting notes - February


Forest Neighbourhood Councillors will be responding to this Consultation Document after fully examining its contents. It is important that residents submit individual responses to this Consultation as Horsham District Council will look at the general consensus of opinion before moving to the next stage.

Please see below further information about the Consultation Period for the Local Plan and also how to access the document online or to access a hard copy.

Horsham District Council is inviting comments on the Draft Local Plan (2019-2036) for a six week period of consultation between 17 February and 30 March 2020.

The Local Plan will guide development and help shape the way the physical, economic, social and environmental characteristics of Horsham District will change up to and beyond 2036. It is important to note that the Draft Local Plan does not form council policy at this stage.

The consultation document and supporting background documents, including a Sustainability Appraisal are available to view on website:

We strongly encourage that comments are submitted using the online consultation system:   (shortened URL)

  • Hard copies of the Draft Local Plan can also be viewed at:
    Horsham District Council Offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL (between 9am and 5pm on weekdays); and
  • In all Horsham District libraries during normal opening hours (full details of details of libraries and their opening hours are available to view on the website:   (shortened URL)

If you have any further queries please contact a member of the Strategic Planning Team on
01403 215398 or email

There is also an online petition against Rookwood Park Golf Course losing its green open space status to become a housing development. More than 1000 homes are being shown in initial plans.

The three Neighbourhood Councils Forest, Denne and Trafalgar) will submit one response to this proposal. The initial thought is this is yet another example of a “green corridor” being lost around Horsham Town.


All Forest Neighbourhood residents should shortly receive a hard copy of a Newsletter, one side of which refers to “Blueprint”, the name given to Horsham Town Neighbourhood Plan. Again residents are asked to submit their comments.

The second part of the Newsletter highlights recent issues that have been addressed by Forest Neighbourhood Council. This website details the reasons why the New Street 20 mph bid was, disappointingly, not accepted into the Community Grants Scheme.


The Meeting discussed the way forward for The Drill Hall as there is now a 2 year period before HDC make a decision on its future. It is hoped that “Friends of The Drill Hall” will be established and will become the campaign leaders. In the meantime, as much of the given data was disputed, District Councillors are trying to collate accurate information.


This was explained to Forest Neighbourhood Councillors. HDC has awarded a grant of £71,000 to get this scheme “off the ground”. Businesses will have to contribute a set figure over and above business rates and the sum raised is for initiatives/promotions that are not within HDC remit.


Inspector Ben Starns is the newly appointed Prevention Inspector for Horsham. He is a long-standing resident and has become part of the Police Expansion PCSO programme. Please refer to to see how PCSO’s should become more visual and active in the community.


The successful introduction of Neighbourhood Wardens in the town is to be continued for three further years.


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Forest Neighbourhood Council Membership


We have councillor vacancies and will welcome enquiries about the councillor role from residents within the Forest Neighbourhood.

Whilst we are a non-statutory council, we are a voice for local matters and liaise with Horsham District Council.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 16th March 2020 at 7.30 pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way

Members of the public are always welcomed at Neighbourhood Council Meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month (but usually the second Monday in December)


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