FEBRUARY 10 2020 – MALCOLM AND VALERIE BENDER – RUSPER ROAD, IFIELD
Public consultation is a statutory obligation, often regarded by private developers as a chore, the results of which are disregarded. The usual procedure is to put on a show, following which, the comments of the public are, where possible, ignored.
It is a poor show when Homes England, whose activities are paid for by the public, treat the local taxpayers with similar cynical disregard.
The recent presentations were staffed by people most of whom were not aware of the location of the site; correct intentions of the proposals and details of the programme.
The public were given incorrect and contradicting information and came away knowing no more about the proposals than before the “consultation”.
It would be good to know the cost to the taxpayers of this sham.
Ifield Golf Club, a mature, parkland course, was created in 1927 and was a significant feature in the development of Ifield and Crawley. Not a local golf course to be lightly disposed of.
Ifield was created by designers Taylor and Hawtree, who also created Royal Birkdale, host to the Open Championship.
This club has attracted celebrities of the fame of Bernard Gallagher and stars Ronnie Corbett, Jimmy Tarbuck, Bruce Forsythe and Eric Sykes.
Ifield Golf Club makes a serious contribution to local recreation and, out of its 500 members, it can claim nearly 100 golfers under 35 years of age, 26 of these are juniors, and some, under the present golf management, have achieved championship standard.
Many of these juniors walk to the course with their clubs. Will they be able to walk to another club??
Availability for golf in West Sussex has already suffered with recent course closures at Chiltington and Burgess Hill golf clubs; reductions of holes available at Hassocks and Mannings Heath and possible future closures of Rookwood, Hollingbury and Waterhall, adding up to a possible loss of up to 130 holes of golf.
Ifield Golf Club attracts over 5,000 visitors per year!!
15 years ago the Forestry Commission planted 8,500 trees on Ifield Golf course. Many of these would need to be chopped down to accommodate housing of current density.
This when Boris Johnson wants to plant millions of trees to help combat climate control.
Similarly, there would be a loss of established oak trees on Ifield Golf course, many of which are over 100 years old.
On Ifield Golf course the families of past members have placed 20 memorials for their late relatives.
We understand that the local hospitals are just about at capacity. Where will the new wards; new diagnostic equipment; new staff come from.
An emergency ambulance using blue lights and sirens was stuck in the queue for nearly five critical minutes. Hopefully the patient was ok but clearly the access can’t currently cope. Add 13,000 houses and then what will happen?
All three Ifield GP practices are at capacity. Each of them has capped their patient list.
Surgeries already struggle to recruit necessary staff. Where will all the new GPs come from?
Ifield station is already seriously busy in peak hours.
Commuters are already obliged to stand from Crawley to London
The majority of local commuters walk to Ifield station.
How many additional commuters would a 10/13,000 development produce and how would they get to the local stations where there is no parking provision?
The existing roads, from the development to Ifield station are only 4900mm wide, certainly not wide enough for a bus route.
Recent developments along the A 264 have led to bottlenecks at approaches to Crawley and as a result, drivers abandon the trunk roads and use local roads to escape the queues. Rusper village, Rusper Road and Bonnets Lane are already straining to cope with current pressure.
Rusper Road is only 4.9 metres wide and can’t reasonably support any additional traffic.
The road from the Industrial Estate to M25 is already stationary from 16.00 – 18.00pm.
The requirement to build a Western Relief Road is imperative to alleviate the current traffic problems between Horsham, Crawley and Gatwick; let alone coping with traffic created from another 10/13,000 homes.
Before a material start on the proposed development is made, this relief road must be built.
Whilst no detail was provided of the proposed road, it would seem to inevitably carve through Ifield Wood, one of the commons of Ifield manor dating from the 17th century. This would be an act of vandalism!
The current water/sewerage processing plans in both Crawley and Horsham are currently working at 115% capacity, how will they cope with further development.
10% Biodiversity net gain
The farm fields support deer, birds of prey (Red Kite, Buzzards [as many as 5 seen in one field last week], Kestrels), Yellowhammers, Little Egrets [10 seen alongside Ifield Brook last year]) Tawny Owls etc but many of these have already been lost to the Bovis development.
Deer, birds of prey, geese, owls and water birds thrive on the golf course.
In a brief, informal survey conducted last autumn, 40 types of wildflowers were observed.
You propose to relocate all of this with a 10% gain!!
Utter, cynical nonsense!!
35% Affordable Houses
We all suspect this is nonsense.
House builders can’t afford this level of provision. 15 – 20% more like!!
75% of recently completed houses sell for £350,000 – £750,000. How does this satisfy the affordable provision?
I am a member of Ifield Golf Course and have been so for the past 10 years
I am writing to strongly object to the proposal to build a huge number of houses on Ifield Golf Course. My objections are laid out below.
1)Loss of surrounding countryside and public footpaths.
4)Loss of established oak trees on Ifield Golf course, many of which are over 100 years old.
5)Increased pressure on Crawley/Ifield roads.
6)Increased pressure on schools and G.P. surgeries
8)Increased pollution to any area that already has poor air quality.
9)Threat of increased flooding in the area which will be caused by concreting over undeveloped land that acts as water soak.
10)The current water/sewerage processing plans in both Crawley and Horsham are currently working at 115% capacity, how will they cope with further development.
12)The requirement to build a Western Relief Road is imperative to alleviate the current traffic problems between Horsham, Crawley and Gatwick; let alone coping with traffic created from another 10,000 homes. Before this proposed development is even considered, this relief road must be built
13)On Ifield Golf course the families of past members have placed 20 memorials for their late relatives.
I would be most grateful if you could support my objections with Horsham District Council and Homes England
Mr J P Ormsby