Reader's letter: Horsham should be exempt from housing development applications due to water supply uncertainties

From: Ken Baldwin, Robert Way, Horsham

As there are various difficulties in the communities at present I don't think it would be extreme for both WSCC and HDC to make legal representations in the High Court(s) for a temporary exemption from housing development applications.

With the need for any of the water companies to give a public guarantee of being able to supply the standard/average amount of water required for all domestic properties at present, and the recent hot weather period and forecasts of some more of the same, I believe this is necessary to allay many people's fears for the immediate future.

Whether this would need to allow for wastage (leaks involving public/private properties) and an appeal from the Environment Agency for prudence in the use of water I don't know.

Gleeson Land, part of MJ Gleeson housebuilders, wants to build a mix of flats and houses on land at Lower Broadbridge Farm, Broadbridge Heath (Photo: Google Maps)

It may even involve restrictions – i.e. car wash and hosepipe bans being implemented.

Whatever it needs we must respect the local authorities actions.

The uncertainty of water supplies for the community as a whole is/will be very worrying for some time to come!

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