Horley Master Plan
The Town Council has submitted formal objections to the Borough Council regarding the Local Plan Modifications. The comments largely focus on three key areas:
Flooding: remapping of Horleys flood plain represents change to the Local Plan since the Public Inquiry in January 2001. For this reason, the Town Council re-employed the services of their consultant hydrologist from Black & Veatch. His report maintains that:
- The scrutiny of flood risk carried out by RBBC was neither independent nor based on a sound brief.
- The current assessment of flood risk is underestimated.
- The quality of the evidence now available for the 1968 flood is such that this flood level is more reliable and robust than that of the modelled flood level.
- It also best represents a precautionary approach as recommended in government policy.
Infrastructure: the Town Council objects to the reduction in the area of land set aside for infrastructure, namely, land for schools, neighbourhood centres and recreation.
Recreation: the Town Council considers that the Local Plan must identify a site for a new leisure centre. The Bonehurst Road site is identified as the most suitable, being both accessible and also large enough to accommodate other formal recreation facilities. This site is also considered more suitable than Wilgers Farm for the Town Park.