Crawley new neighbourhood building work may start in summer

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Developers hope to start building the first homes in the town’s new neighbourhood this summer.

Details relating to phase 1a of Forge Wood – formerly the North East Sector – were approved by Crawley Borough Council’s development control committee on Monday (March 10).

The application included 204 homes – 59 of which would classed as affordable – an electricity sub-station, a foul water pumping station, internal access roads and open spaces.

Later work on the rest of phase 1 will include more homes, a school and neighbourhood centre and will be considered at later meetings.

While discussing the application, councillors raised concerns about the small size of some of the homes, road safety and drainage and flooding issues.

A recorded vote was called for by Cllr Alan Quirk who said the application would lead to parking and traffic problems.

He added: “We haven’t learned the lessons from previous applications.”

The application was approved by 13 votes to one.