JUNE 19 2020 – ‘BEYOND BULLYING’ PROTEST – CRAWLEY TOWN HALL [HOMES ENGLAND CRAWLEY OFFICE]

Phil Williams [left] – Richard Symonds [centre] – Sam Sewell [right]

A ‘Beyond Bullying’  protest took place last Friday – June 19 2020 – at the Homes England office outside Crawley Town Hall [“Future of Ifield matters as well”, WSCT, June 18]

Why? 

To protest at Homes England’s monstrous £3bn masterplan for 10,000 houses West of Crawley / East of Horsham – and the destruction of Ifield Golf Course with its ancient woodland and wildlife within the ancient Parish of Ifield.

With the Government’s rejection – again – of the urgent appeal by Horsham District Council [HDC] to reduce housing targets, there is very deep concern this will inevitably lead to an illusion of democratic planning choice for HDC when they finally decide which sites to allocate for development. In other words, the only way to meet these insanely-high targets imposed by this developer-led Government is to ‘green-light’ this developer’s £3bn masterplan.

There is also deep, continuing concern that the former Homes England Chairman Sir Edward Lister has become the Government’s Chief Strategic Adviser.

It is hoped the protest will spark an investigation by the  Parliamentary Standards Commissioner into Homes England’s activities and, if Homes England’s masterplan is ‘green-lighted’, a Judicial Review.

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

JUNE 21 2020 – “‘I FOLLOWED THE RULES’, SAID HOUSING SECRETARY ROBERT JENRICK – THEN ADMITTED HE DIDN’T” – THE TIMES