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Have your say on open spaces and recreation areas in Horsham District


08 Jun 2020


Horsham District Council is inviting responses to a new online survey seeking residents’ views about public open spaces, and sports and recreation areas across the Horsham District. The survey will run for four weeks from 8 June to 6 July 2020.

The survey is being carried out by Knight Kavanagh & Page, who have been appointed by the Council to prepare an assessment of sport, open space and recreation provision in the District. The outcomes of this study will help to inform the emerging Local Plan. It will set the standards for new high quality open spaces that are provided as part of any future development.

Cllr Claire Vickers, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Development commented:

I encourage as many people as possible to respond to this survey so that we can understand the views of our residents and help to ensure that future recreation needs are met.

“The survey will include questions such as what type of space residents use, what is their favourite space, and how far are they prepared to travel to take advantage of the range of open spaces available.”

“The information provided by residents as part of this survey will help us to understand how open spaces are used now, as will provide up-to-date local information about the quality and accessibility of our open spaces in the District. This will ensure that the outcome of our study is as accurate as possible.”

Cllr Claire Vickers, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Development

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen added:

"As a council we really value our open spaces, be they woodland areas, nature reserves, children’s play parks or allotments, and we appreciate just how important they are to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors alike, especially during these challenging times.

“So I am really pleased that we have this opportunity to gather as many views as possible on our existing facilities and to find out what people would like to see in the future to improve overall experiences.

Do take the time to have your say.

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen

The survey will run for four weeks from 8 June to 6 July 2020. The results of the survey will inform the published Assessment which will be made available on the Council’s website in due course.
People wishing to make their views known can do so online at:

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/current-planning-consultations

For media queries please email press@horsham.gov.uk .