Crawley Down’s infrastructure ‘creaking’ as more homes approved


Crawley Down’s infrastructure is ‘creaking’ according to residents as 30 new homes in village were approved.

The developer’s previous application for 60 homes south of Hazel Close was approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s District Planning Committee back in April.

However this decision has been called in by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, along with two other planning applications in Crawley Down.

These are two separate applications for 30 homes and 44 homes west of Turners Hill Road by Wates Developments.

The fresh proposal for 30 homes south of Hazel Close was approved by the committee on Thursday (August 11).

Residents described how Hazel Way was a ‘congested area’ for traffic, infrastructure such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and sewage was ‘creaking’, while the area had already taken its fair share of development.

But Colin Trumble (Con, Hurstpierpoint and Downs) had ‘huge sympathy with all the things that have been said’, but explained that if they refused the application on road safety grounds when West Sussex County Council’s highways department did not object they were ‘rather stuffed’.

He added: “We have no option but to approve this scheme and to move this forward.”

Neville Walker (Con, Crawley Down and Turners Hill) said he was ‘getting a little bit tired of successive secretary of states changing their minds’.

Edward Matthews (Con, Copthorne and Worth) argued they would look ‘pretty foolish’ if they rejected the application having approved twice the number of homes months earlier.

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