Consultation over plans for 200 homes

jpco 25-2-15  Land adjacent to ICC  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150224-100246001
jpco 25-2-15 Land adjacent to ICC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150224-100246001
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A developer has launched a public consultation into its plans to build 200 homes on a former school site.

Barratt Homes is waiting on the results of an environmental impact assessment for the old Ifield Community College site in Lady Margaret Road.

Now the developer has organised a consultation event to give people the chance to have their say on the plans.

Planning permission was given for the site in 2008 but was never pursued.

One of the main concerns voiced by residents at the time was the lack of access to the A23, meaning traffic would have to enter and exit the new development via the already crowded Lady Margaret Road.

Gary Day, of Ifield Drive, raised the issue again and said the problem could have been avoided if a connecting road had been added when Manor Green School – which stands next to the site – was built in 2004.

He added: “When the school was built everyone knew the rest of the land would be housing so they could have built the road ready at that point in time.”

Cllr Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) shared Mr Day’s concern and added: “It’s very unsatisfactory. We’re supporting residents who are unhappy about the access through Lady Margaret Road but we are clearly pleased to see some one wants to use the site.”

Rob Phillips, head of planning at Barratt Homes said the plans would see 40 per cent of the homes classed as affordable. He added: “We’ve not submitted a planning application yet because we want to work in partnership with the local community to map out any future development together.”

The consultation event will be held on Thursday March 5 from 4-8pm at the Elim Church, Trinity Centre, The Mardens. Log on to www.formerifieldcollege.co.uk .