Kilnwood Vale railway station plan ‘derailed’

Planning
Planning

A new station at Kilnwood Vale has been temporarily ‘derailed’ due to plans for a station north of Horsham.

The 3,500-home development west of Bewbush, Crawley, is currently under construction and builder Crest is hoping to get Network Rail’s sign-off for a railway station to serve the new residents.

Horsham District Council’s housing plan has ‘safeguarded’ land for a new parkway station within a development north of Horsham for 2,500 homes.

However it was revealed at an examination hearing into HDC’s local plan on Tuesday (November 11) that Network Rail would only allow one new station between Horsham and Three Bridges.

Jonathan Steele, of property consultant Savill’s, speaking on behalf of Crest, explained he had seen correspondence from HDC’s chief executive Tom Crowley to Network Rail, which expressed the council’s preference for a new parkway station at North Horsham.

He said: “It’s effectively derailed what we are doing at Kilnwood Vale.”

He added: “They will not advance with the station’s designs until it’s clear whether North Horsham is deliverable or not.”

Barbara Childs, head of strategic planning and sustainability at HDC, said: “We have been in discussion with Network Rail who are awaiting a business case for the station proposals and they would look at these business cases and make a recommendation to the Department for Transport.”