Briefly . . .
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
Notes from Council meeting in November 2020
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER -
“PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE”
“Planning for the Future” is a Government White Paper containing proposed changes to the planning law. It could be the biggest reform since the planning system was first created in 1940’s. This document and Forest Neighbourhood Council’s response can be seen on the News page. The Consultation period has now ended.
The Minutes of FNC Meeting of 19th October gives a précis of the presentation given by Emma Parks and Guy Everest of HDC Planning Department.
At the Meeting on 16th November, it was agreed that Forest Neighbourhood Council should also write to The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Quin MP regarding the housing number that is being proposed for this District.
Emma Parkes confirms that HDC has strongly challenged this new target. It is extremely high even in comparison to similar districts in West Sussex and the South East which have similar problems of affordability.
Consultation Paper 2 “Planning for the Future” contains initial proposals for a change in law. The Paper looks to fundamentally change the planning system. More detailed information is shown here
Whilst not in Forest neighbourhood, Rookwood is a “green lung” of Horsham Town and this area, together with Warnham Nature Reserve, is well used by residents. Forest Neighbourhood Council has written a letter of objection to the proposal and this can be read on the News page
LOCAL CYCLING AND WALKING INITIATIVE PLAN – LCWIP
The final draft has been prepared and is to be presented to HDC Cabinet in December.
Forest Neighbourhood Council has been involved in this process and has submitted various comments throughout the consultation period. Details of the final draft will be circulated after its HDC submission.
At the same time as commissioning Planning local cycling and walking networks (LCWIP), HDC has appointed outside consultants to give an overview of Horsham Town - what is good, what can be changed and what can be improved upon.
Forest Neighbourhood Councillors have been involved in the process, submitting comments throughout the procedure. The latest draft was circulated in October and further information will be posted on the website when it is available for circulation.
Everyone is delighted that Horsham Park has received The Green Flag Award. This is a major achievement and Forest Neighbourhood Councillors agrees this is recognition for the hard work carried out by both HDC employees and a very enthusiastic group of volunteers. Thank you.
Next Council Meeting
Monday 14th December 2020 at 7.30 pm
Until otherwise advised, future meetings will be taking place using Zoom video communication system. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us by mail or email. We have every intention of carrying out our roles as much as possible!
IMPORTANT: Members of the public are usually welcomed at Neighbourhood Council Meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month (but usually the second Monday in December) in the Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way. However, due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 virus, we have had to make other arrangements.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS
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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.