New neighbourhood gets an historic name

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Crawley’s newest neighbourhood is set to be named Forge Wood.

Some 1,900 homes will be built to form the town’s 14th neighbourhood.

Forty per cent of the housing will be affordable, made up of 532 council-owned, social-rented properties and 228 shared ownership.

Cllr Richard Burrett, deputy leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “I am very happy with the chosen name, which was my first choice out of the available alternatives.

“I think it is a very attractive name for a new neighbourhood.”

The decision was taken based on historical research undertaken by council officers. Forge Wood was chosen instead of Tinsley Green, the only ‘serious’ alternative, because of its historical significance to the area, said Cllr Burrett.

It was also the name preferred by development partners Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon.

Cllr Burrett said at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (December 4): “The only serious alternative considered was Tinsley Green.

“We decided on Forge Wood because that is the historical name for the area which will form the centre of the new neighbourhood.”

Forge Wood refers to the area of historic woodland immediately to the north of the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium off Balcombe Road.

Tinsley Green refers to an area in the periphery of the new neighbourhood.

Cabinet members also raised concern that the alternative could be confused with Tinsley Lane estate in Three Bridges. The name will be voted on by the full council on Wednesday December 18.

The development will be built over approximately 12 years, with the first house expected to be complete by the end of 2014. A primary school will also be built.

Cllr Bob Lanzer, cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “It’s taken more than a decade to get to this stage but now Forge Wood, as we expect it to be called, is set to become a reality in Crawley, helping to ease the town’s housing issues and providing employment for local people.”




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