Thank you for taking the time to visit our consultation page, which is hosted by WYG on behalf of local developer, Reside Developments. This page will provide you with a summary of the draft outline proposals for new homes in the village at land west of Church Road, Partridge Green. It includes links to the draft plans for the site for you to download and review and we invite you to have your say by completing the online feedback form, a link to which can be found at the bottom of this page.
Reside Developments are an award-winning local developer that have successfully delivered numerous high-quality developments in the area. They have a track record of delivering landscape led schemes in order that the new homes will become an integral part of the wider community. Reside recognise the opportunity the village of Partridge Green provides for creating a sustainable extension to the Partridge Green community due to its good access to employment opportunities, its historic core of local shops and proximity to the beautiful Sussex Countryside. The proposals presented at the moment are in ‘outline’ to establish the main principles and parameters of developing the site. If Horsham District Council grant permission for our ‘outline’ proposals, Reside will then develop more detailed, ‘Reserved Matters’ proposals which will fill in the finer details, such as car parking, precise house designs and detailed landscaping. However, there is an ‘illustrative’ site plan that includes some of this detail so you can see how the proposed development could look:
The outline draft proposals for about 80 news homes have been designed and laid out to work with the existing landscape features to create a new community of houses which will quickly become a natural part of the village. The proposals include a mix of types and sizes of homes to cater to the range of different families seeking to live in the area. The proposals have been informed by detailed technical studies of the site to fully understand its opportunities and constraints. This has included a detailed survey of all trees and ecology features on site, creation of a robust strategy to sustainably manage flood risk and the undertaking of heritage and landscape assessments to understand the historic and natural context of the site. A summary of the key technical findings is set out further below. Together, the technical studies, combined with the architects detailed contextual analysis of the area, has culminated in the creation of the draft plans now presented to you for your review and comment.
Alongside the new homes proposed, the development will include:
The site has in part been chosen due to its strong existing landscape features around its edges which both help minimise wider views of the site and provide an excellent opportunity to create a layout and design that is landscape led. Existing planting both around and through the site are retained except where absolutely necessary to provide access. This includes retention of all trees through the centre of the site to create immediate and attractive focal points within the new community to improve legibility and add character to the open space.
To inform the proposed landscaping of the site, the landscape architects have split the site into five distinct landscape character zones to recognise the different characteristics of different parts of the site. This includes an ‘avenue’ zone at the entrance to the site to provide a welcoming green entrance, ‘residential’ and ‘tertiary’ zones, where more ornamental and formal planting, interspersed with native trees, will be used and a ‘boundary buffer’ zone around the sites periphery where the existing vegetation will be enhanced with native hedgerow and trees as well as ecological enhancements.
Finally, the proposals will include an area of open space located to the north-west edge of the site. The location of the open space provides a sense of transition towards the more open countryside to the north. The space will incorporate children’s equipped play space and picnic areas to provide opportunities for recreation. The ‘Informal Open Space’ zone will also include a mix of native planting, as well as meadow planning and specialist wetland planting around the proposed pond. Together this will provide a network of ecological features which will enhance the green infrastructure of the site whilst providing opportunities for play and recreation.
The site is at the lowest risk of flooding from rivers (flood zone 1). The north-western part of the site is potentially susceptible to surface water flooding. Therefore, the proposed homes have been positioned outside of these areas of surface water flood risk.
Furthermore, to sustainably manage flood risk a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) has been incorporated to mimic existing water run off rates and minimise flood risk. This will likely include the use of a pond feature within the proposed public open space to manage surface water flows. In addition, the pond provides opportunities to provide new ecological habitats on site whilst also acting as a focal point of the new public open space. A boardwalk will provide safe access to the pond to provide an interesting feature for residents to enjoy and appreciate the ecology of the site.
The site has been extensively surveyed by experienced ecologists to ascertain the ecological value of the site. This included an initial survey in 2018 and, based on initial survey findings, more detailed, species specific, surveys taking place in 2018 and 2019. The detailed surveys found no site evidence of Great Crested Newts, Reptiles or Dormouse, but did identify three different species of bats utilising the site for commuting and foraging. The site also has good potential for breeding birds.
Consequently, various mitigation and enhancement measures will be utilised to manage the potential effect of the development on site ecology. This will include sensitively designed lighting, incorporation of new native hedgerows and ongoing habitat management. Bird and bat boxes will also likely be incorporated. The inclusion of a new pond with appropriate planting will also provide new homes for species not currently identified on site. Full details of these will come forward as part of future detailed ‘Reserved Matters’ applications.
Vehicular Access to the site is proposed from Church road and is positioned towards the southern end of the development. Utilising data from comparable development, detailed modelling of the surrounding roads and proposed access have been undertaken which demonstrates that additional traffic likely to be generated by the development will have a minimal impact on the operation of the local highway network. Visibility splays from the proposed junction comply with government ‘Manual for Streets’ requirements, taking account of observed traffic speeds along Church Road. A Travel Plan will also be developed for the site which will encourage and incentivise people to walk, cycle and use public transport to travel to reduce people’s reliance on their car.
Overall, the development of the site represents an exciting opportunity to sustainably grow Partridge Green with a mix of new homes and public open space which will quickly become part of the wider village community. The outline designs for the site have been premised on this aim, with development being led by the existing landscape and townscape features of the site.
Before submitting a formal outline planning application to Horsham District Council, we are keen to hear the views of the local community to help inform the proposals before our submission to the Council.
We therefore encourage you to provide your feedback on the proposals via the digital form. The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Please provide feedback via the online form if possible - if this isn't possible, a version of the form is available for download and completion offline here:
Following the receipt of your feedback, it will be reviewed and considered by the project team before the outline plans are finalised and submitted to Horsham District Council.
Subject to a successful outcome to our outline application, Reside will then progress with the detailed ‘Reserved Matters’ applications which will include final house designs and other detailed matters.
We hope you have found this consultation page useful and look forward to receiving your feedback on our proposals. We kindly ask that feedback be provided via the online feedback form wherever possible. If this isn’t possible, or if you have any other queries you’d like to ask us, we’d be more than happy for you to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 02382 022 800 (lines are open 0900 – 1700, Monday to Friday).