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Controversial bid by developer to build homes on green space

jpco/31/1/13 Residents opposed to new developement in Tilgate (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco/31/1/13 Residents opposed to new developement in Tilgate (Pic by Jon Rigby)

A controversial planning application which could see 18 new homes built on green space in Tilgate has been submitted to Crawley Borough Council.

In February last year 357 people signed a petition against the plans after a public consultation was held detailing proposals to build affordable housing on land close to Ely Close.

At a meeting of the full council in May last year, councillors said the proposal would be allowed to go through the normal planning processes.

It said it faced a ‘double-edged sword’ of trying to balance the need for housing and the need for green space.

Now developer Moat has submitted its full planning application for the site which will see a garage block demolished to pave the way for 16 two bedroom flats and two three bedroom houses.

Cllr Colin Lloyd (Lab, Tilgate) said: “I am disappointed that it has got this far. I don’t think it is any accident that land there has never been built on. It is land that people value as open space. That land has been there for 50 years and it has not been developed in all this time.

“I think it is very sad that the council need to mow through this road. There is all that land that used to be used by Thomas Bennett School that people were expecting a development on and accept.”

Some residents are up in arms about the plans and said Ely Close could not cope with more housing because the area was too small, had no space to park, and would create too much traffic.

Commenting on the Observer’s Facebook page, Carol Easley said: “Wrong place to build houses and flats! The roads around that area cannot cope now let alone when new housing is built!

“Winchester Road is a main road from Thomas Bennett school down to Titmus Drive, it is full of parked cars both sides of road,which makes it hard anyway to pass either side so more cars and not forgetting lorries etc when building starts will make the place worse! I agree build more housing but please think before you sell land off CBC!”

Deadline for comments is February 12. To view the plans visit the council’s website and search for application number CR/2013/0019/FUL.

 

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