Crawley Borough Council has approved its Local Plan for submission at the second time of asking.
At a meeting of the full council yesterday evening (Wednesday July 23), councillors debated the plan – known as Crawley 2030 – which will help determine the development of the town for the next 15 years.
The plan had been refused in December when the Labour Group – which was then in opposition – refused to support it.
With Labour now in charge of the council, the resubmitted plan was largely the same as the previous Conservative-led document, with a few amendments.
The amendments largely centred around housing, with several sites originally pinpointed for development in Bewbush now removed.
The need to allocate an area for a potential travellers’ site was not welcomed by either party.
And Labour’s Broadfield councillors Ian Irvine and Brian Quinn abstained from voting in protest at the decision to use the former Broadfield Kennels for a travellers’ site, should the need for one ever arise.
With neither Cllr Lenny Walker (Con, Maindenbower) nor Cllr Karl Williamson (UKIP, Southgate) attending the meeting, the Local Plan was approved for submission even without the support of Cllrs Irvine and Quinn.
The plan will be put to a six-week public consultation in September.
All comments received during that consultation will then be sent, along with the Local Plan, to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination in November.
An examination in public is planned for March/April 2015, at which members of the public can apply to speak.
If all goes well, the Local Plan will be adopted in October/November 2015.