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.