Appeal to demolish surgery dimissed

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An appeal for plans to demolish the old Leacroft Surgery building in West Green and build 13 homes has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

Crawley Borough Council turned down the proposed development for 117-119 Ifield Road in April last year. Developer Ashcroft Homes South Ltd took it to appeal and last week the decision was announced.

After a site visit planning inspector Martin Andrews said the development for seven terraced, four semi-detached and two detached houses would have an ‘unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area’. Other issues contributing to his decision were the lack of outdoor private amenity space for future residents, the adequacy or parking and access and the effect of the proposal on a protected oak tree at the front of the site.

Tonight (Wednesday) a petition to protect the building is due to be discussed at the CBC full council meeting. Cllr Vanessa Cumper (Con, West Green) has collected more than 1,000 signatures asking the council to list it as locally important due to its architecture and history.