Crawley councillors have welcomed Horsham District Council’s decision not to include areas west of the town in its local plan.
Horsham District Council (HDC) has published its Draft Planning Framework outlining where in the district it would like developers to build homes. Last week it revealed why land west of Ifield, an extension to Kilnwood Vale (west of Bewbush) and development at Faygate were not favoured sites.
HDC concluded the main concern for all three was that they would impact negatively on the environment, infrastructure was not sufficient and the strategic gap between Crawley and Horsham would be decreased.
Cllr Claire Denman, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “Crawley is built up to its boundaries. From our perspective yes, we do need to accommodate housing but it needs to be in the right place and both Crawley and Horsham have sufficient evidence to say this is not.”
She added the developer building Kilnwood Vale would not easily be able to extend the current application.
“If we turn the clock back ten years, West Sussex County Council said Crawley would need a relief road to accommodate houses west of Bewbush. The number [developer] Crest Nicholson brought forward could be accommodated without a relief road, but any more would not.”
Shadow cabinet member for planning and economic development Cllr Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said: “We are delighted about it because we have been campaigning against the West of Ifield for some time supporting residents who don’t want any more building on the green land there. Funding for another by-pass if it was built was not on the table. It is not wanted and it’s the wrong place. Now it’s not in the new plan, it’s particularly difficult for developers and it makes it easier for the council to rule it out.”