Plans for 193 homes on former Ifield Community College site set to be approved


Plans for 193 homes on the former Ifield Community College site are set to be approved next week.

Developer Barratt David Wilson wants to build on a 3.64 hectares where the college’s buildings were sited, south of Lady Margaret Road, before they were demolished in 2004. A replacement college was built to the south east.

The scheme is proposing 77 affordable housing units, equating to 40 per cent of the total.

The application will go before Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday and is recommended for approval by planning officers.

The main access to the new homes would connect Lady Margaret Road with the spine road running through the development.

Previously outline planning permission was granted on the site for 170 homes, a doctors’ surgery, respite care home and residential care home.

This was originally refused by the council on highway grounds due to the absence of a vehicular access to the development from the A23, but this decision was overturned by the planning inspector in 2008.

Reserved matters for the doctors’ surgery was approved and this has been completed and occupied.

The officers’ report reads: “Whilst the scheme would result in the provision of 23 more dwellings than the previously outline planning permission given the omission of the care home facility WSCC have confirmed that the proposed development would have less of an impact than the previously consented development on the surrounding highway network and the access arrangements are acceptable subject to the improvements to Lady Margaret Road and the Ifield Drive being secured through the conclusion of a Section 106 agreement.”

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