The Map above: Ifield Brook Meadows [Local Green Space] and St Margaret’s Parish Church are to the right of the shaded area [in green] – St Margaret’s being the geographical centre of the ancient Parish of Ifield – unmarked. The airport runway is not shown (Top right), nor is Ifield Millpond (Bottom right) – CORRECTION [01/08/2019 – 19.30]: I have totally misread the Map provided by – presumably – the Government quango Homes England (previously Homes & Communities Agency – HCA). The Map only shows the development ‘West of Bewbush’ [Kilnwood Vale], NOT ‘West of Ifield’. Not sure what Homes England are playing at. ‘West of Ifield’ is – presumably – the large area middle to top right on the Map. Ifield Golf Club, Ifield Brook Meadows – Local Green Space [LGS], St Margaret’s Church and Ifield Village Conservation Area are NOT shown [all within the ancient Parish of Ifield boundary – also not shown][but Ifield Mill Pond is [vaguely] shown to the mid right of the Map – but it’s all disgracefully unclear. In other words, it’s a ‘Nonsense Map’ as far as the ‘West of Ifield’ is concerned. CORRECTION again – 01/08/2019 20.30 – my apologies. It’s not a ‘Nonsense Map’. By understanding this Map further, I am beginning to see more clearly the sheer massive scale of this planned 10,000 houses. It’s outrageous. Grotesque.
The Ifield Society will recommence its ‘Ramblettes’ every Saturday morning until the end of October starting from this Saturday (Aug 3 2019) – from/to The Plough in Ifield Village (11am to 1pm). All, of course, welcome.
Also, we need to set up a dedicated website to oppose the Consortium’s website – something like ‘No To West of Ifield Development Plans’ or something like it.We also need a dedicated spokesperson to represent IVA/Ifield Society/St Margaret’s/Golf Club/CAGNE etc. The media – local and national – will especially want (and expect) this.
‘Divide and Rule’ is likely to be the favourite tactic of the Consortium and ‘Associates’. We must not be duped.~ Richard W. Symonds – 01/08/2019Further Information1. “Massive 10,000-home development between Horsham and Crawley proposed” ~ Crawley Observer/West Sussex County Times – Joshua Powling2. “Massive development planned west of Ifield ‘an utter disgrace’ – readers react” ~ Crawley Observer/West Sussex County Times – Joshua Powlinghttps://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/politics/massive-development-planned-west-of-ifield-an-utter-disgrace-readers-react-1-9020321
The large-scale strategic site on the edge of Crawley would include 35 per cent affordable housing, primary and secondary schools, a new western relief road, community facilities and would help to create 10,000 new jobs.HE has launched a consultation on its proposals as it waits to see if Horsham District Council will allocate the site as part of its local plan review.Readers took to the County Times’ and Crawley Observer’s Facebook pages to react to the scheme.
One said: “Unbelievable. How many more houses can this area possibly take? It’s an utter disgrace and needs to stop. This once beautiful part of West Sussex is being destroyed.”
Others asked how schools, doctors, hospitals and roads would cope with such a massive number of new homes in the area, and where the new jobs would be for ‘this massive influx of people’.
Another Facebook user said: “This is a ridiculous proposal. How are the road and rail structures supposed to take on the extra loads, when they cant cope now? How will the schools, doctors, hospitals cope?”
But one reader struck a more balanced tone, saying: “As long as the infrastructure is included go ahead! Happy to have more homes providing the infrastructure is there. Of course that’s unlikely though.”
Another wrote: “We need more homes obviously. But, we need the infrastructure before you continue to build thousands of new homes.”
Richard Symonds, from the Ifield Society, called the plans ‘grotesque’ and felt they showed a disregard for both the local community and the democratic planning process.
He is recommencing the Society’s Ramblettes every Saturday morning until October, starting tomorrow (Saturday August 3) from and to The Plough 11am-1pm.