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    • High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    • South Downs National Park.

  • Adversane, Amberley, Billingshurst, Blackstone, Bramber, Coldwaltham, Cowfold, Crabtree, Edburton, Greatham, Hardham, Henfield, Horsham, Itchingfield, North Stoke, Nutbourne, Nuthurst, Pulborough, Rudgwick, Rusper, Shipley, Slinfold, Steyning, Storrington, Sullington, Thakeham, Upper Beeding, Warnham, Washington, Watersfield, West Chiltington, Wiggonholt.

  • BN13, BN14, BN12, BN18, BN41, BN42, BN43, BN44, BN45, BN5, BN6, RH11, RH12, RH13, RH14, RH17, RH20, RH5, RH6


Horsham District is located in West Sussex and covers an area of 530km2 (205 square miles). The District is predominantly rural in character and contains a number of small villages and towns. The largest urban area is the market town of Horsham, situated in the north-east of the District.

The towns and villages in the District are very attractive, with many historic buildings.The character of the settlements vary across the District, and each has a unique identity, with different sizes, building types and relationship with the surrounding landscape.

Two areas of the District are of particularly high quality and these are the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the South Downs National Park, both of which are national importance.

The District falls within two main housing market areas - North West Sussex, which also includes Crawley borough and Mid Sussex Districts, and the Sussex coast housing market area.

The top objective stated by the Local Authority is to ensure that future development in the District is based on sustainable development principles that strike the correct balance between economic, social and environmental priorities and deliver thriving communities with a strong sense of place.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Horsham District Planning Framework, November 2015.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Multiple, including Southwater, Slinfold.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Horsham District Local Plan 2021-2036 is in preparation.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Green Infrastructure, Affordable Housing, and Design Principles.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 98% - Acceptable

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 1,050

  • Applications Decided: 1,000

  • Appeals Allowed: 15

  • Appeals Dismissed: 30

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 80%

  • Analysis: Horsham District Council handled a higher volume of applications, with performance metrics showing a balanced approach to planning decisions. The percentage of applications processed within the statutory period aligns well with national standards, reflecting good administrative practices.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

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