Redevelopment of the former Novartis Site Horsham, 2nd consultation round

Closed 16 Nov 2018

Opened 30 Oct 2018

Feedback Updated 20 Dec 2018

We Asked

Following the first round of consultation, we reviewed feedback and carried out additional work to improve and refine the proposed masterplan.

The second round of consultation sought feedback on the changes made and further comments and suggestions regarding the wider proposals for the Horsham Enterprise Park.

You Said

  • Most participants were happy with the overall vision for a mixed-use site.
  • The retention of Building No.3 and the avenue of cedar trees were broadly welcomed.
  • Attendees of the drop-in consultation event were pleased to see further detail on proposals for traffic improvements.
  • Many suggested further consideration needed to be given to wider traffic impacts.
  • There was a broad desire to see a generous proportion of affordable homes provided on the site.
  • Many participants expressed a desire to see a footbridge across the railway line to improve connections from the site to Horsham Town Centre.

We Did

Masterplan Element - Employment Space


There was a strong desire from participants for the site to be a space for businesses to scale up and grow.

WSCC Response

The project team has taken this on board and will ensure the site is promoted to attract innovative and modern businesses.

Masterplan Element - New Homes


There was a desire to see a generous proportion of affordable homes and homes for older people included on the site, and a feeling that 300 homes are too many for the site.

WSCC Response

WSCC are committed to ensuring a policy compliant proportion of 35% affordable homes are included within the residential development.

WSCC acknowledges the importance of providing purpose-built homes for older people, and this will be considered as part of future detailed planning application for the site.

The figure of up to 300 homes for the site is an outline figure, which could potentially be lower at detailed stage. WSCC will continue to take this into consideration.

Masterplan Element - Community Hub


Participants were keen for the community hub to be open and usable by the existing community as well as future residents and businesses.

WSCC Response

The project team have explored possibilities for additional uses on the site. This includes the possibility to provide space for a crèche or nursery to provide on-site child care.

Masterplan Element - Traffic and Transport


Concerns were expressed by many participants that surrounding traffic infrastructure would struggle to cope with the increased pressure from the development.

WSCC Response

The project team have carried out further work as part of a Transport Assessment, which considers the following:

  • Mitigation and contributions have been identified for two junctions in close proximity to the site.
  • A new shared use pedestrian/cycle path will be provided on Parsonage Road and continuous footways across the two site accesses to support sustainable journeys to and from the site. Moreover, movements by pedestrians and cyclists will be prioritised within the site.
  • Parking provision aiming to meet the relevant levels set out in WSCC’s Parking Supplementary Planning Document or future iterations of the Transport Assessment.
  • A mitigation approach, agreed by the Highway Authority, which includes junction improvements to be funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy, and cycling improvements.
  • Construction Traffic Management Plans, to be submitted at relevant detailed planning stages. At this stage, it is suggested that construction traffic should avoid routing via Wimblehurst Road.
  • Road safety audits of the two site accesses are proposed to be undertaken and secured by planning conditions.

Masterplan Element - Landscape and Open Space


The importance of the tree-lined avenue leading up to the retained Building No.3 was often raised in feedback.

WSCC Response

The latest masterplan proposes the addition of new trees to complete the missing section of this avenue. A further tree-lined avenue is proposed to the rear of the building in the employment area.

Key buildings have been relocated on the masterplan to enclose views and ensure a greater buffer between the site and Parsonage Road.


Plans to regenerate an 18.6 acre brownfield site in Horsham, West Sussex, are moving forward. The County Council acquired the site from global healthcare company Novartis in December 2016, and is committed to building on the site’s long-established position as a major employment centre. Feasibility and design work has been taking place to develop proposals for a mix of business and residential use to meet local needs.

Approximately two-thirds of the site is planned for high quality business space to create and support jobs, and one-third for new homes, which will include affordable housing. The 1930s Art Deco building will be retained.

It is expected that an outline planning application will be submitted to Horsham District Council later this year. Construction work on the site is not expected to begin before 2021 and could take around five years to complete.

The draft masterplan that was displayed at the first drop-in consultation event is available to view below (scroll down the page to find related documents - the masterplan is within the display panels). 

Why We Are Consulting

We are keen to hear what people think about the proposals to provide a mixture of much needed, high-quality business space and new homes. Feedback from this public consultation will help shape the plans for the site. 

The first round of consultation took place from Wednesday 26th September to Friday 12th October 2018. Thank you to everyone who took part. Following the first consultation round, the draft masterplan is being reviewed and there will be a further drop-in public information event, opening a second round of consultation, on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at:

The Holbrook Club
North Heath Lane
RH12 5PJ.

You are welcome to attend the drop-in exhibition any time between 12 noon and 8pm, where you will be able to talk to members of the project team.   Your feedback on the proposals will be very welcome.

If you are unable to attend the drop-in exhibition, you will be able to submit your feedback on the proposals, by completing the online survey here, from 30th October. You will also be able to view the display panels from the second drop-in exhibition at Horsham library from Monday 5th November to Friday 16th November.

The second consultation round will be open until 16th November 2018.

If you require the consultation materials in another format, please contact us on 020 7357 8000.

If you are deaf or have difficulty hearing you can contact us via NGT Text Relay 18001 01243 777100 providing you have this app downloaded onto your PC, laptop or smartphone.



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