Bid for 193 homes allowed


A bid for a 193 home development which a councillor said would worsen parking problems for concerned residents has been approved.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the planning bid on the former Ifield Community College site in Lady Margaret Road, Ifield.

The homes, which will be 40 per cent affordable housing, car parking spaces, open space, and an access road will be built on the 3.64 hectare brown-field site.

Road access will be from a junction in Lady Margaret Road. Sections will be widened and made into a two-way road.

Councillor Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said the scheme would make the area’s parking problems worse. A speaker who lives near Ifield Medical Centre, Lady Margaret Road, told the meeting: “We are worried and fearful about the increasing number of vehicles which will be either passing through or parking on the eastern end of Lady Margaret Road.”

Planning officers recommended Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties’s application for approval at the Development Control Committee meeting on Monday (October 12) with road improvement conditions.