Angry Ifield homeowners say their objections to 36 new homes have been ‘steamrollered’ by Horsham District Council.
The application, submitted by Redbrook Developments, called for seven homes in Rusper Road, Ifield, to be demolished and replaced with 36 houses and flats.
A meeting of HDC’s Development Control North Committee on Tuesday last wek (October 1) gave outline permission to the plan. It received 33 letters of objection from residents and another from Crawley Borough Council.
Malcolm Bender, who lives in Rusper Road opposite the site, said: “I don’t think they took any account of the views of residents.”
Another resident added: “Because they are not in the town [Horsham], they do not care. Our objections have been steamrollered.”
While most councillors spoke briefly in support of the scheme, Cllr Malcolm Curnock (LDem, Broadbridge Heath) said: “What’s happening here is we are on the edge of the settlement where we have sparse development. In other words it’s the buffer between high density and the rural environment. If we allow something like this potentially what developments could come forward that remove that grading between the rural environment and the centre of the settlement?”
A council officer replied: “It’s just outside the built up area of Crawley. Redevelopment of the site is appropriate.”
Of the 36 properties, 11 will be affordable homes or flats, with 25 houses. A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “There is no third party right of appeal so we are unable to appeal.”