First Forge Wood homes are nearing completion

Cllr Chris Oxlade, Chris Heney, of Persimmon Homes, Henry Smith MP, Robert Napier, chairman at HCA, Chris Carney, of Taylor Wimpey South Thames SUS-150320-114159001
Cllr Chris Oxlade, Chris Heney, of Persimmon Homes, Henry Smith MP, Robert Napier, chairman at HCA, Chris Carney, of Taylor Wimpey South Thames SUS-150320-114159001

Work on the first of 1,900 homes in the town’s new neighbourhood is almost complete.

Developers said demand for the properties in Forge Wood, north of Pound Hill, was high.

The neighbourhood – Crawley’s 14th – will be built in four phases over the next 12 years and include 532 council homes.

The first phase includes around 290 homes, with the first residents expected to move in within a few months.

The scheme was brought about through a partnership between the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), Crawley Borough Council (CBC), and developers Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

On Thursday (March 19), Cllr Chris Oxlade and MP Henry Smith joined Chris Heney, of Persimmon Homes, Robert Napier, of HCA, and Chris Carney, of Taylor Wimpey, for a tour of the site.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Cllr Peter Lamb, said: “The development will certainly help towards easing the town’s housing issues and I’m delighted that we’re adding more than 500 homes to the council’s stock.”

MP Henry Smith added: “I welcome this for our borough whose motto is ‘I grow and I rejoice’.”