Future of old Crawley surgery to be reconsidered

Crawley Council is to consider protecting a former doctor’s surgery from developers.

A planning appeal is ongoing over the refusal of an application to demolish the old Leacroft surgery at 117 Ifield Road and replace it with 12 new homes.

At a meeting of the full council, Cllr Vanessa Cumper presented a petition of more than 1,000 signatures, calling on the council to save the building.

Cllr Cumper asked for the building to be listed as having local importance – which would mean developers would have to take its local value into consideration when putting in a planning application.

She also proposed the council purchase the building and put it to community use.

She said: “Please pledge that you will not allow Leacroft, part of our town’s unique heritage, to be torn down. Save it, purchase it for us, keep it for the future generations of Crawley.”

Cllr Cumper’s call to list the building received support from both sides of the chamber – but Labour councillors questioned the validity of spending an estimated £500,000 to purchase it.

It was agreed the matter would be at a future meeting of the Cabinet before returning to full council.