A new business park at the south of Horley

Proposed new business park at the southern end of Horley


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(14/4/17)

The proposed business park could be built within the next ten years. Reigate & Banstead Borough Council's John Reed, the council's head of property, has been quoted as saying: "It is too early a stage for firm timetables. The most we can say at present is that, subject to planning consent being obtained within the next 12 to 24 months and market conditions remaining favourable, the park is likely to be delivered in two phases over roughly a ten-year period." (23/12/15)


Proposals for a new business park at the southern end of Horley have been published in a document by Reigate & District Council. News of this possible development was announced in our local newspapers in October 2015 and caused a great deal of concern. Speaking recently to a Reigate & Banstead councillor he pointed out that this will be a very lengthy process, as there will be public consultations, environmental studies carried out, flood assessments, infrastructure impact studies and many more types of assessments and studies before it gets anywhere near planning permission.

Reigate & Banstead Document: Development of land to south of Horley: Proposal to enter into a Joint Venture, dated 15th October 2015. Author: John Reed. (See link below).

Map of proposed new business park for Horley

Please note the map above shows only an approximate position for the proposed business park. The map below is published in the Reigate & Banstead proposal document.

Proposed Business Park for Horley Oct 2015

Below are some extracts from the proposal document. To read the full proposal go to: http://www4.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/aksreigate/images/att6968.pdf

The Council is now progressing work on its Development Management Plan. As part of this work, the need and opportunities for new employment provision within the southern part of the Borough is being explored. This is highlighting an opportunity for new larger scale (strategic) employment provision, and suggests that the most realistic location for such provision lies directly to the south of Horley, within close proximity of the town centre and offering the potential for direct access to the strategic road network.

The Employment Land in Horley represents a significant opportunity for the Council to secure the delivery of a potentially leading business park in the South East of England, which will support the economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Borough in support of the objectives outlined above.

A significant amount of due diligence has been undertaken which indicates the proposed delivery vehicle is viable and the partners for delivery are credible.

The opportunity will allow this Council to work with other private and public sector landowners to bring forward the opportunity in an effective and proactive manner.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Both the Council’s Corporate Plan and adopted Core Strategy recognise the importance of promoting the Borough as a place to do business and providing commercially attractive premises and business infrastructure to deliver economic benefits for the Borough and its residents, through increased investment and the provision of jobs.

Local experience points to a lack of highly accessible, high quality, large scale business.

1 Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan March 2014
Executive Agenda Item: 6 15 October 2015 Development of land to south of Horley: Proposal to enter into a Joint Venture space: work carried out to inform the preparation of the Council’s Development Management Plan has identified that the most realistic location for such provision lies to the south of Horley.

Item 6: The current Borough Local Plan includes the identified area of land as being within the Rural Surrounds of Horley, and partially covered by an allocation for public open space and the Gatwick Open Setting designation.

CONSULTATION
27. The Executive Members for Regeneration, Property and Finance, the Horley Ward Members, and officers in Property, Planning, Policy and Regeneration have received verbal or written briefings about this matter from the Head of Property in addition to the whole of Council’s Management Team.

Above are only extracts from the proposal document. To read the full proposal go to: http://www4.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/aksreigate/images/att6968.pdf