Adopted local plan will allow council to ‘protect’ Crawley

Designation of Ifield Brook Meadows as a green space was specifically mentioned as Crawley's local plan is one step from adoption (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Designation of Ifield Brook Meadows as a green space was specifically mentioned as Crawley's local plan is one step from adoption (Pic by Jon Rigby)

A plan that could ‘protect’ Crawley from speculative and unwanted development is one step from being adopted.

The Crawley Borough Local Plan 2015-2030, which identifies 5,000 new houses for the plan period, was found sound by the planning inspector, and Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet recommended it for approval last Wednesday.

Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield), cabinet member for planning, explained that it ranged from allocating housing sites, to setting the level of affordable housing across developments, to protecting office space in areas such as Manor Royal, and designating green spaces like Ifield Brook Meadows.

He said: “If you do not have a local plan all of that will come under threat and developers will be able to put in applications and we will find it more and more difficult to reject them.”

After being agreed by Cabinet it will now go to Full Council to be formally adopted.

Mr Smith added: “I would recommend that all 37 members of the council have a duty to support this plan to protect our town and make it a wonderful place to live in that it is.”

In particular Michael Jones (Lab, Bewbush), cabinet member for public protection and community engagement, welcomed the safeguarding of playing fields in Bewbush, and policies on the future use of the former Oakhurst Grange Nursing Home.

Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate), leader of the council, said it was ‘deeply pleasing’ to be at the end of the process.

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