A Threat to the Nature Reserve

See here for The Friends Rookwood Response


HDC have put forward a proposal to include Rookwood Golf Course as a site for housing development within the Draft Local Plan.

The Friends believe that such development would be a serious threat to the Reserve, which is immediately adjacent to Rookwood.

  • Rookwood Golf Course provides the main green corridor between the Reserve and the wider countryside, and without it the movement of wildlife is likely to be severely curtailed, leading to a reduction in biodiversity.
  • Increased light and noise pollution would disturb bats, birds, deer and many other Reserve residents.
  • Close proximity of domestic pets may well lead to increased predation of birds and small mammals
  • More building over green sites increases the risk of flooding and environmental pollution.

We strongly believe that Rookwood should be preserved as  a recreational green space for the benefit of the growing population of Horsham residents, and for the protection of our outstanding Nature Reserve.