Horsham’s exciting new ‘West End’

Plans for 70 homes, shops and a restaurant in Horsham’s new ‘West End’ have been submitted to the council.  Developer Westrock are hoping to build a brand new Waitrose and a John Lewis at home store on the site of Lifestyle Ford and Horsham Bowling Club. The existing store and staff in Piries Place would relocate, with an extra 50 jobs provided. There is a £35m scheme to redevelop the west of the town centre, they’ve submitted an application for part demolition and redevelopment of Bishops Weald House.

The shops in Worthing Road, including Staples and Curry’s will remain.  However, new retail shops and restaurants will be built in Albion Way, as well as around 50 new apartments. On the Lifestyle Ford site a total of 17 residential units could be built. Ford will be moving to Farthings Hill roundabout in Broadbridge Heath. The Bowling Club have submitted plans for a move to Tythe Barn.

In a letter to Horsham Council, Westrock said:
“The proposals represent a significant investment in the town and the replacement of largely unattractive buildings with more vibrant townscape which is nevertheless in keeping with the scale and character of their surrounding.”

As part of their £35m scheme for the Bishop Weald House, McDonald’s and Argos will be partly demolished and redeveloped to provide 53 new apartments. The existing units will be refurbished and additional retail space would be provided fronting on to Albion Way.

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