October 2013

Welcome to the website for Abingworth Developments’ proposals for new homes and the modernisation of the mushrooms growing operation at Thakeham.



Background
The redevelopment plans are for a modernisation of the mushrooms growing operation on to the single Chesswood site.

This will be enabled by the clearance and redevelopment of the neighbouring Abingworth site for new homes, a new village hall and village shop, a dedicated Thakeham pre-school facility, workshops/studios and sports pitches for cricket and football.

Following several years of consultation, Abingworth Developments submitted two planning applications in June 2010 for these two sites. Both applications are linked as the housing would generate an injection of capital
to enable the mushroom farm modernisation to happen.

In April 2011, Horsham District Council Members resolved in principle to grant planning permission for 146 new homes on the Abingworth site and for improvements to the Mushroom farm on the Chesswood site. Since that time, the mushroom growing business has been acquired by Monaghan Mushrooms and a revised application for the mushroom growing operation was approved in September 2012.

In April 2013, Horsham District Council issued its formal consent, however in May 2013, the Council’s decision was challenged and a Judicial Review has been lodged, which will be heard in the High Court in November 2013.

The Judicial Review process means that the planning consent cannot be implemented until the case has been heard and judgement given.