Work starts on 92 flats at former Crawley nurses’ home site

Fairfield House Building Site, West Green, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150922-091229008
Fairfield House Building Site, West Green, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150922-091229008

Work on 92 flats for NHS workers at the site of Crawley’s former nurses’ home has started.

Fairfield House in West Green Drive, West Green, was branded an eyesore after standing derelict for six years before it was demolished in 2012.

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Demolition work at Fairfield House ENGSUS00120121221095232

Crawley council gave outline planning permission to Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust’s application for the demolition and flats for NHS staff in 2007.

Crawley Labour Party launched a campaign to force the trust to make derelict site safer in 2008 after the building had been described as a haven for ‘drug addicts and vandals’ and housed 20 squatters.

The trust transferred the site to the A2 Housing Group.

The council’s development control committee gave an extension for the works and amendments to the plans to be carried out in 2011. Developer A2 Dominion South Ltd applied for the extension and amendments to proposed landscaping, access and refuse storage.

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Demolition work at Fairfield House, West Green ENGSUS00120120629141854

The committee permitted a further application to reduce the number of flats by one to 92 and removal of a service lay-by in August 2014.

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