Plan to build 12 homes refused by councillors

Planning application
Planning application

An application to build 12 homes in Balcombe Road has been refused.

The application, for seven houses and five flats on a site north of Wiltshire’s Florist, was submitted to a meeting of Crawley Borough Council’s development control committee on Monday (January 5).

A report put before the committee recommended refusal for several reasons, including fears it would have a negative affect on the planned Forge Wood development.

The report stated: “It is considered that the proposal would prejudice the proper planning and delivery of Phase 2 of Forge Wood in terms of layout, infrastructure and other required community facilities.”

Conservative leader Cllr Duncan Crow highlighted the timing of the application as being the main problem.

He said: “One of the main objections is that this is going in first, before Forge Wood.

“If this application was several years down the line, then that would not be a problem.”

As well as the concerns about Forge Wood, planning officers felt the development would be intrusive, unsympathetic and would “erode the pleasant rural character of the area”.

Concerns were also raised about potential damage to a number of mature trees, protected by Tree Preservation Orders, which occupy the site.

The report stated it was likely the trees would be harmed by the construction of the homes.

The application was submitted by Wilmington New Homes.