Mowbray aims to be a vibrant, sustainable and friendly new community where residents can live, work, learn, play and flourish. The planning permission for the site includes:
- 2,750 new homes in a range of sizes and tenures
- 500,000 sq ft of new employment space
- An education campus for the Bohunt Horsham School
- A sports hub
- New pedestrian, cycle, equestrian and road connections
- Extensive green space, landscaping, nature trails and play equipment
- Community facilities including a new community centre, and police facility
The masterplan for the site splits the development into three phases – Mowbray Village, Mowbray West and Mowbray East.
Phase One is currently being built and forms the middle of the site known as Mowbray Village. It has permission for approximately 1,000 homes and Bohunt Horsham School along with some commercial space, extra care homes, and community and green space.
Phase Two will be located to east of Phase One and deliver a further 1,000 homes in addition to a business park and sports facilities. Phase Three is to the left and will be made up of both residential and commercial properties.
Mowbray is a Legal & General site and will deliver 2,750 homes across a variety of tenures to meet the housing needs of all ages and demographics.
Legal & General Homes and award-winning housebuilder Cala Homes will be delivering the first 390 homes. Cala Homes launched off-plan in Spring 2022, with show homes due to open in September.
Mowbray will also see Legal & General deliver homes through its suburban build to rent, affordable housing and modular homes business. Overall, a fifth (21.6 per cent) of homes delivered at Mowbray will be affordable homes, with these delivered through a mixture of affordable rent, shared ownership and discount market tenure.
The name Mowbray is inspired by Horsham’s impressive history. Our new community is designed to inspire pride in its place and its heritage, and this is an important way of commemorating that.
The name descends from Geoffrey de Montbray, who was an advisor to William the Conqueror and whose family were entrusted with the village of Horsham in the 14th century.
Learn more about the name of Mowbray here.
A Village Centre will form the heart of the development and provide residents and visitors with an easily identifiable hub for community meetings and social activities. A new local pub will be opened within the existing refurbished moated farmhouse building once occupations reach a threshold to support the new use.
Facilities such as a new community centre, library, meeting rooms, and sports hall will be located in the Village Centre, and a network of children’s play areas will be created throughout the site
Retail uses will include a proposed supermarket alongside smaller shops / services within the village centre and the development will also deliver 500,000 sq ft of new employment space.
Throughout the development, walkways, trails and a network of safe and convenient cycle routes / shared surfaces will be provided. Ancient woodland at the site will be retained and enhanced, with more than 56,000 sqm of new woodland created as part of the development. These spaces will be open to access by the general public for the enjoyment of the wider community
Legal & General is also preparing proposals for a new sports hub at the development, which will deliver sports pitches, a mountain bike trail, multi-use games areas, a youth facility and a pavilion.
In addition to the above, Mowbray is also delivering a campus for the Bohunt Horsham School, which officially opened for students in January 2022. Bohunt Horsham will provide a co-educational, all-through school catering for four-to-16-year-olds.
We are consulting with the Clinical Commissioning Group about the provision of a primary care centre to help support the medical needs of the community.
Presently, discussions are ongoing to confirm whether a primary care centre will be delivered on site at Mowbray or whether the CCG would prefer us to provide a financial contribution towards the centre being delivered off-site.
The new site for Bohunt Horsham at Mowbray has now opened and will eventually take 1,620 students from age 4 to 16. This will include 1,200 secondary school places, 420 primary school places and a nursery for 50. The primary school will open a reception class in 2023.
Bohunt Horsham originally opened in 2019 from premises on Hurst Road and welcomed 120 Year 7 students. As of the start of the 2021/2022 academic year the school had 440 students across three year groups.
You can find out more about Bohunt Horsham here.
Following major improvement works, the main access road to Phase 1 of the Mowbray development will be via the A264 using the upgraded roundabout to access Rusper Road northbound. You will then turn left to access the development, or right to access School Road for Bohunt Horsham.
Separate access points to Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the development will subsequently be taken from the A264.
The team is currently constructing a larger roundabout on the A264 with pedestrian bridge over and have recently completed a new north bound and southbound carriage way upon the existing Rusper Road.
Both lanes of Rusper Road will be open in January 2022 and the new A264 pedestrian/cycle bridge will be opened in April 2022. We will be keeping you up to date on road work and you can read more about these here.
Legal & General made changes to the approved detailed plans in this area to create a greener route by retaining as many trees and hedgerows as possible, the changes to the plans will also help to minimise disruption when the works are taking place.
Traffic will be managed in accordance with the phase 7 traffic management plan between 9th May 2022 until September 2022.
During phase 7, when travelling northbound on Rusper Road towards Rusper Road Roundabout, you can only turn left to exit westbound on A264 west. To continue your journey north or eastbound, simply travel to the next roundabout (Great Daux) and return towards the Rusper Road Roundabout travelling eastbound on the A264.
When travelling southbound on Rusper Road towards Rusper Road Roundabout, you can only turn left using the slip road to exit eastbound on A264 east. To continue your journey south or westbound, simply travel to the next roundabout (Moorhead) and go the full way round to return travelling west.
When travelling westbound on the A264 towards Rusper Road Roundabout, you can either turn left to exit southbound on Rusper Road, or continue straight onto the A264. You cannot turn right on to Rusper Road northbound at this time.
When travelling eastbound on the A264 towards Rusper Road Roundabout, you can either turn left to exit northbound on to Rusper Road or continue straight onto the A264. You cannot turn right on to Rusper Road southbound at this time.
You can find out further information on the current traffic management plans here.
The bridge opened in April 2022 and has been installed to provide a safe access to link to Horsham for pedestrians and cyclists.
Legal & General prioritised delivery of the bridge to facilitate the school’s early delivery on site.
Once work on the roundabout has been completed in October, the roundabout will be traffic light controlled and will have pedestrian crossings to allow walking from Horsham to Mowbray and back.
Pedestrian and cycle way traffic can use the bridge to cross the A264 to travel across the A264 from 19th April 2022.
Acoustic barriers in the form of earth bunds will be installed between the development and the northern side of the A264 to reduce the noise for new residents.
As master developer of Mowbray we have a responsibility to deliver a thriving and successful new community by embedding sustainability in all aspects of the development from the outset.
Our primary focus is on reducing all sources of waste and water usage throughout the supply chain by efficiently doing more with less. We are planting hedgerows and woodland and creating new habitats for a wide range of species. New dormouse habitat will be created, bat boxes and bird boxes will be installed and there will be 60,000 sqm of new reptile habitat (over 8 Wembley sized football pitches).
Investments in socio-economic aspects of the new development will also help to facilitate a thriving and self-sustaining Mowbray environment. The delivery of this site meets with the local housing requirements for a mix of type and tenure of homes alongside easily accessible services, facilities and opportunities to access employment ensuring a balanced community.
As part of its long-term aim to tackle to housing crisis or all ages and demographics, Mowbray will see Legal & General deliver its first multi-tenure site. See what homes are currently being developed on The Homes page here.
There will be a mix of affordable homes delivered as part of Mowbray, with these dwellings ranging from one and two bed apartments to five bedroom houses. Affordable homes will be available through affordable rent, shared ownership and discount market tenure.
The development will comprise a variety of housing types and tenures to satisfy identified local housing needs and to help achieve a balanced and diverse community. There will be a range of options from one and two bedroom apartments to two, three and four bedroom homes, including terraces, townhouses and semi-detached.
The design and appearance of the new homes will be the responsibility of the individual sub-parcel developers who will in turn be required to obtain reserved matters approval of the design, appearance and layout of the housing developments.
The first homes are now available to purchase in 2022 from Cala Homes.
20 plots for custom or self-builders will be available in Phase Two and for 10 units in Phase Three. These plots will be marketed to individuals on the Council’s Self Build register but are not likely to come forward for at least four years.
Commercial opportunities at Mowbray are available both in the village centre and at the business park, which will be built as part of the development.
Enquiries about commercial opportunities at Mowbray are being handled by Andy Nixon at Knight Frank; please email Andy.Nixon@knightfrank.com.
The A264 westbound resurfacing will take place from Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th August.
The A264 eastbound resurfacing will take place from Friday 12th – Monday 15th August.
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Please visit the developer’s website for more sales information and to register your interest. Find more information on The Homes.