Our Environment

Horley and its Environment

A great deal of discussion takes place on the Horley Town Facebook page on issues of development and its effect on our environment. On this page we aim to provide some information and links to the major issues being discussed.

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Pressure for development, housing and business will always exist in a thriving area such as Horley. The closeness of Horley to Gatwick Airport has created a thriving and busy environment. The nearby M23 and our busy road systems link areas of housing, business parks, villages and some very beautiful countryside. Here is some information on current projects, possible developments and matters of concern.

Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, part of Sussex Wildlife Trust

Possible major developments in Smallfield. A Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment has been produced by Tandridge District Council that covers Smallfield. Suggested sites have been put forward for Smallfield that could mean that over 1800 new homes could be built across eight sites in Smallfield. It is not easy to get info on these plans but here is a link. Visit the Tandridge Council web page on these assessments. See map below. (March 2016)

Recycling and Waste

The website for the Surrey Waste Partnership gives some useful information on everything from turning food waste into bio-gas to recycling furniture: visit the Surrey Waste Partnership website. The Reigate & Banstead website also has plenty of information on recycling.

Earlswood Recycling & Waste Centre info.


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Horse Hill Developments

January 2017

Do you know there is an application for a further three years of oil drilling and related activity at Horsehill?

Please take a few minutes to voice your opinion on what is potentially immense threat to our community.

You can comment on this planning application in any of these three ways:

Email mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk

On line http://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/plancomment.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202016/0189

By post Planning & Development Group, Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DY

In your first line, please state if you are objecting to the application.


July 2016

Horse Hill Developments will be holding a public exhibition at The Charlwood Parish Hall on Thursday 21st July 2016 between 12pm and 19:30. The CEO and Chairman of the company will be attending to answer questions, as will Highways & Ecology experts, although at this time we are unsure if these are SCC Highways Officers and independant Ecology experts, or the company's own consultants.

Below is some information about the exploration work being carried out. To find out more click on the image above to visit the Horse Hill Developments website.

The 'Gatwick Gusher', the oil and gas well at Horse Hill on the outskirts of Horley.

February 2016

'The Gatwick Gusher' is what they call the oil drilling at Horse Hill on the outskirts of Horley in an article in The Guardian newspaper. It is reported as an oil bonanza in our local area. The article says that the oil seems to be flowing so well that Fracking may not be needed. The Horse Hill site has been the subject of speculation since 2014, when tests showed that a well could contain millions of barrels of oil. Click here to read the Guardian article.

Article in the Financial Times.

November 2015

Stephen Sanderson, chief executive of AIM-listed UK Oil & Gas says a flow test in the next few months will determine how much oil can be extracted from Horse Hill.
The test will be a key milestone for the project and be specifically designed to test the Kimmeridge limestone and Portland sandstone formations.
UKOG caused a stir in April after it claimed the Weald Basin – an area which spans Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire - may contain twice as much oil as already produced from the North Sea. (Source: Proactive Investors.co.uk)


Map showing the land in Smallfield put forward for assessment for possible development. If the areas marked in green are approved this would be a major development for Smallfield. Is this in Green Belt?

Map showing possible development in Smallfield, 2015/16

Click here to visit the Tandridge District Council planning policy web page.

More information can also be found on the Burstow Parish Council website.

(March 2016)

The Green Belt around Horley

The UK Green Belt policy was established in 1955 primarily to stop urban sprawl.

Campaign to Protect Rural England.