Plan to build 200 homes on former school site

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Developers have expressed an interest in building 200 homes on a former school site in Crawley.

Barratt Homes will await the outcome of an environmental impact assessment before submitting a full application to build on the old Ifield Community College site in Lady Margaret Road, Ifield.

The developer plans to carry out a public consultation before a full application is submitted.

While keen to the see the neglected site used, Cllr Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said he and his fellow ward councillors were concerned about the effect the development would have on traffic levels in Lady Margaret Road.

Cllr Smith said the road, which also provides access to the Manor Green special schools, was “a typical new town road” – with people parking along one side there is only room for a single lane of traffic.

He added: “It’s very unsatisfactory. We’re supporting residents who are unhappy about the access through Lady Margaret Road but we are clearly pleased to see some one wants to use the site.”

This will not be the first time an application has been considered for the site, which has been unused since 2005.

An application for 170 homes, a doctors’ surgery, respite care centre and care home was submitted to the council in 2006 by West Sussex County Council.

One of the main concerns raised following this application was the lack of an access road to the A23, which would take the pressure off Lady Margaret Road.