Countryside and environment
Over the duration of the Plan the parish has remained predominantly rural with the concentration of population within Warnham village; Kingsfold, Winterfold and Rowhook are established communities within the parish. The Plan has safeguarded the tranquil environment and biodiversity of the parish and protected its heritage and conservation area. It has maintained public open spaces and access to the countryside afforded by its extensive network of Rights of Way. The herd of red deer continues to flourish and remains a key symbol of the parish.
Community, housing and economy
Warnham is an attractive place to live and much sought after, with enhanced property values. The parish has not had large-scale new developments. Additional sustainable housing focussed on proven, local needs has been constructed, comprising a mix of properties including social and affordable housing, homes for first-time buyers and those for the elderly. Their layout and design has been widely praised and their residents have been integrated with the existing communities. The developments have protected the parish’s historic and listed buildings and ensured their settings and environs have not been diminished. Over the course of the Plan the rate of expansion of the housing base of the parish has not exceeded the historic growth rate. Developments have conformed to the Warnham Neighbourhood Development Plan, Warnham Parish Design Statement and Horsham District Council’s policies and plans. Developments have been located where dependence on motorised transport is minimised. Parish businesses have expanded and strengthened, providing increased local employment opportunities. Additional business premises have been successfully integrated into the parish environment. High-speed broadband is now available throughout the parish. The village shops and public houses have prospered in the Plan period.
Recreation and amenities
Warnham’s cricket, football and tennis facilities are well used and have youth teams promoted by their clubs. The football pitch has been retained. The Village Hall and adjacent children’s playground are well maintained and used. A new playground has been provided to serve the community at Kingsfold. The village primary school has continued to flourish. Warnham’s young people have been provided with a meeting place appropriate for their needs. It has provided a centre of youth activities and support to vulnerable younger members of the community.
Traffic and transport
Flight paths to and from Gatwick airport have been routed to minimise noise and environmental impacts on the parish. The threat of a second runway at Gatwick has been averted. The safety record of the A24 has been significantly improved through traffic control and engineering improvements at accident locations, and a pedestrian crossing in Kingsfold. Warnham village has limited non-local traffic through effective traffic control measures. The hourly bus service through the parish has been maintained and is now routed to Horsham hospital and railway station. Warnham railway station has a car park. A cycle route has been constructed from Bell Road, linking to Horsham.
The Objectives of our Plan are as follows:
Objective 1: To ensure that future development is consistent with protecting and maintaining the largely rural character of the parish.
Objective 2: To promote a balance of social mix and age distributions within the parish.
Objective 3: To safeguard the parish character and heritage with particular regard to design and development in the Conservation Area.
Objective 4: To avoid housing development in areas prone to flooding or overflown by established flight paths.
Countryside and Environment
Objective 5: To protect the natural environment and tranquillity of the parish.
Objective 6: To conserve and enhance areas of natural habitat.
Objective 7: To encourage appropriate businesses within the parish.
Transport and Movement
Objective 8: To encourage cycling, walking and public transport services.
Objective 9: To address traffic and parking issues in the parish.
Objective 10: To maintain and foster Warnham’s community spirit.