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Horsham homes move forward following planning submission

Muse is building momentum in Horsham as they have submitted a reserved matters planning application to Horsham District Council to bring forward 260 mixed-tenure homes on the former enterprise park site, in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The site will be delivered in collaboration with Muse’s Morgan Sindall Group plc sister company, residential specialist, Lovell Partnerships, to deliver the homes in this historic market town.

Larksfield Place as it is now known, is a 18-acre site that received outline planning consent in 2020, and brings together a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in the heart of Horsham. The residential element of the place was shaped by two successful community engagement exercises. Homes will be set within stunning tree-lined avenues of blue cedars and stunning outdoor spaces for all to enjoy, providing the perfect place to put down roots. Of the 260 homes, 91 will be classed as affordable and will be available through shared ownership and affordable rent.

The team will also sensitively preserve and convert the 1930s art deco former HQ of Novartis into a collection of unique apartments, complete with space on the ground floor for independent traders and community groups.

Alongside the housing, which is the first part of the development, project partners will focus on the next phase, which will focus on delivering employment space for the town.

Both Muse and the council are committed to creating a connected and inclusive environment that minimises car use, through the formation of a network of safe pedestrian and cycling routes to connect the development with the surrounding areas of Horsham.

Robert Allan, development director at Muse, said: “Submitting planning is the next step in our mission to create a thriving, sustainable place that benefits the Horsham community, connecting people and place seamlessly.

“Together with our partners at West Sussex County Council and Lovell, we’ll work hard to transform the former enterprise park, providing a choice of homes, public spaces and amenities that are accessible to all.”

Leanne Smith, director of Lovell Southern, said: “We are delighted to be part of this collaborative partnership with Muse and West Sussex County Council, this is an exciting site and project, and further demonstration of Lovell’s long-term commitment to the West Sussex area.”

The placemaker, Muse, has a track record of leading complex, area-wide regeneration projects, and the experience to accelerate new neighbourhoods, with the emphasis on delivery, quality, and sustainability. The team is working with partners in 40 places across the UK from Bradford to Brentford, from Salford to Horsham, with close to 2,500 new homes and 800,00 sq ft of workspace currently on site and a gross development value of over £1.2bn.

Should the application receive consent, it is anticipated that the team will start on site in early 2024.