‘Delighted’ Ifield residents saw plans for 95 new homes rejected.
Gladman Developments was hoping to get permission for the buildings on land north of Rusper Road between Ifield Golf and Country Club and Rusper Road Playing Field, but proposals were decisively thrown out by Horsham District Council.
No councillors spoke in favour of the scheme and planning officers felt it ‘would have the appearance of an urban estate set in a field in the countryside’.
After the meeting, on Tuesday last week, David Brown, who lives in Rusper Road, felt that residents would be relieved by the decision, while George Flett described being ‘delighted that common sense had prevailed’.
Flooding, landscape character, building in the countryside, and potential impact on the road network were all raised as issues.
Cllr Liz Kitchen, chairman of HDC’s Development Control North Committee, said: “I agree with the recommendation to refuse this. The area around Crawley is beginning to encroach on Horsham and the Horsham, Crawley and Gatwick area is getting far too full.”
Residents in the public gallery broke into applause after the final vote.