JUNE 25 2020 – “HOPE PROTEST SPARKS INQUIRY” – WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES – LETTERS

Dear Editor

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.

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 a Public Inquiry into Homes England’s activities and, if Homes England’s masterplan is ‘green-lighted’, a Judicial Review.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds 

The Ifield Society 

 
2 Lychgate Cottages
Ifield Street, Ifield Village
Crawley – Gatwick
West Sussex RH11 0NN
 
Tel: 07540 309592 [Text only]