Catesby Estates are pleased to announce the planning appeal submitted for land at Rascals Farm, Southwater, West Sussex has been successful.

An outline planning application for up to 100 new homes, 35% affordable housing and significant public open space was refused using delegated powers by Horsham District Council in July 2020.

The refusal cited the principle of development with the Council claiming a 5 year housing land supply, along with harm to the wider landscape character.

Catesby were represented by Sasha White QC at a virtual hearing held over 4 days earlier this year.

In a decision issued this week, the Planning Inspectorate agreed that the site had limited impact upon the wider landscape character and the Council could only demonstrate a 4.2 year housing land supply.

In addition, whilst promoting the site through the Local Plan process, a local resident also submitted an application to West Sussex County Council to register the land as a town or village green, which would have protected the land from future development.

Catesby robustly objected to the application resulting in a Public Inquiry being held in January 2021.

The report issued by the Inspector following the Inquiry found the applicants case had failed on all counts and should therefore be refused.  His report was subsequently considered by members of the Horsham District Council Planning and Rights of Way Committee in March 2021, who resolved that the application should be refused.  

This site is an example of how Catesby’s strategic land promotion model, in-house skill and commitment to bringing forward new homes, has resulted in a high quality site in a key sustainable location coming forward.  We will now be seeking development partners for this site.

Thanks to Sasha White QCDavid NeameJames StaceyColin Morrison and Clare Brockhurst during the appeal process.

Victoria Groves, Associate Director of Planning at Catesby led the proposals on this site, along with Myron OsborneDavid MorrisPhil PartridgeJonathan BabbSteve O'GradyLaura Aldridge and Katie Yates.

Find out more about the site here.