Inspiring greener futures

A fresh vision for Horsham District

Inspiring greener futures

We aim to be a net zero council by 2030 and a net zero district by 2050. Horsham District will be held in high regard for best practice in rewilding, regenerative farming and recycling.

Council Plan Priorities 2023-2027

Click on each priority to see specific actions, goals and targets in our Annual Plan for 2024-2025 below.

Annual Plan 2024-2025

  1. Deliver a Local Plan which sets higher environmental standards including net zero building, green gaps and addressing water neutrality.
    • Develop an offsetting scheme for water neutrality to enable development to start coming forward.
  2. Show the way to Net Zero through the actions the Council is taking to reduce its emissions, engaging with our community and our Climate Action Strategy.
    • Continue to implement the Council’s internal carbon reduction programme.
    • Ensure all vehicles purchased for the Council fleet emit very low carbon or are electric.
    • Improve the information and advice for residents and businesses on climate change actions and expand the communication channels that are used.
    • Expand and embed the Parish and Neighbourhood Climate Action Network.
    • Decarbonise and retrofit three Horsham District Council owned homes, as well as decarbonising one block of flats.
    • Investigate options to decarbonise Park House, Horsham.
    • Replace the lighting in Horsham Park and Council owned properties with energy efficient lighting.
    • Investigate options to decarbonise and improve the energy efficiency of the Council’s Leisure Centre’s and remaining Council properties.
  3. Create nature diverse places for people to live in.
    • Establish more wildlife corridors across the district by adjusting our mowing regime.
    • Engage with the local community to agree ongoing management of Bramber Brooks.
    • Review the use of pesticides and herbicides on Council managed land.
    • Investigate rewilding techniques for managing key sites.
    • Review the Council’s use of livestock for managing key sites.
  4. Investigate the benefits and opportunities of Biodiversity Net Gain and carbon credits for Horsham District Council and landowners in the District.
    • Work in partnership with West Sussex Councils to develop a local nature recovery network strategy.
    • Review the success of the Wilder Horsham District initiative and develop a proposal to extend the project.
    • Investigate opportunities across the District to enhance habitats whilst also locking in carbon.
  5. Help businesses and residents to waste less and recycle more.
    • Review our dog waste collection service to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our communities.
    • Introduce a new online portal to provide better service provision to Green Waste and Commercial Waste customers.
    • Review and explore the feasibility of additional waste prevention and recycling programmes.
    • Plan and take necessary actions to prepare for the introduction of a food waste collection service.
  6. Create safer routes for cycling and walking.
    • Implement plans to improve non-motorised access for people in the Bishopric and Carfax.
  7. Help residents and businesses to cut carbon emissions and water usage.
    • Develop a Sustainable Business Network to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
    • Use the One Planet Tool to increase community collaboration for action on climate change.
    • Assess options to provide grants to Registered Providers to improve environmental efficiencies of family homes that would otherwise be lost from the affordable housing sector.
  8. Assist residents and businesses with the insulation of homes and premises.
    • Continue the residential retrofit programme to reduce energy and water consumption.
  9. Support residents and businesses in switching to green technologies.
    • Support County Council initiatives to roll out EV charge points throughout the District.
    • Work in partnership with other West Sussex Councils to deliver further rounds of a roof top solar scheme for residents and businesses.