Application is submitted for
North East Sector access roads

crawley town hall
crawley town hall

PLANS for the first phase of a new neighbourhood in Crawley have been submitted to the borough council.

Proposals by Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey are for new roads as part of the North East Sector development near Tinsley Green.

The application was submitted to Crawley Borough Council on July 3.

In February, after a 13-year planning battle, the government gave the green light to a potential development of up to 1,900 homes in the north of Crawley.

The outline planning permission also included a primary school, a community centre, 5,000 square metres of office and industrial space and 2,500 square metres of retail space, open space/parkland, landscaping, infrastructure and the relocation of an overhead power line.

Cllr Claire Denman, Cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “The first application is for the infrastructure of the road which means they are getting permission to start and for the location of the roads.

“Once they get that they can put in detailed planning applications for various housing parcels either side of it to create a new neighbourhood.”

The application deals with the main roads within the site which will link Steers Lane, Balcombe Road and Crawley Avenue.

The application’s Planning, Design and Access Statement said: “Subject to the necessary approvals being granted, the developers aim to make immediate progress on site by laying out the junctions into the site and the main distributor roads.”

It added that it will take time to agree the more detailed layouts and designs for future residential roads.

Paul Gresham, chairman of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, supports the application.

He said: “The delivery of 1,900 dwellings will create up to 4,000 jobs in the local area, going someway to satisfy local employment needs.

“Employment floor space is always welcome as long as such space also provides the quality of broadband necessary to conduct business in today’s high speed environment.

“The provision of a community centre and school will help the new community develop and create an identity”.

Some 760 of the homes created by the North East Sector – approximately 40 per cent – will be set aside for social housing.

The new residential neighbourhood is expected to take between eight and 10 years to complete.

Crawley Borough Council’s development control committee is expected to make a decision on October 2.