HOMES ENGLAND’S £3BN MASTERPLAN FOR 10,000 HOUSES WEST OF IFIELD ‘BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER’ BY VIRUS
LAND WEST OF CRAWLEY [SA 101 & SA 291] – LETTER AND REPRESENTATIONS FROM HOMES ENGLAND TO HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL – MARCH 30 2020 [PRE-VIRUS]
THE SHOW-STOPPER = NO GROWTH
[Homes England assumed growth, but that was before the Virus and before British Airways and Virgin Atlantic pulled out of Gatwick with the loss of thousands of jobs]
2. LAND WEST OF IFIELD SA 101[FIRST PHASE] – PROVIDING EARLY COMPREHENSIVE DELIVERY OF HOMES, EMPLOYMENT SPACE AND SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE AS A FIRST PHASE
2.1 Develop a landscape led masterplan that provides for at least 50% open space and a minimum 10% net gain in biodiversity.
2.3 Site SA 101 has a long history of being promoted and has previously been assessed through the current Horsham Local Plan. Promotion has always been considered within the context of enabling Horsham and Crawley authorities to meet their housing requirements through the duty to cooperate by bringing forward new sustainable communities that meet locally identified needs.
2.4 Within this context, Homes England agrees with the observations set out in the HDC SA of Growth Options that acknowledge FAILURE TO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF GROWTH WHICH IS WELL RELATED TO CRAWLEY, MAY FAIL TO BEST RESPOND TO ECONOMIC REALITIES OF THE AREA. Moreover, a strategy which is not well related to Crawley would miss the opportunity to respond positively to the unmet housing need arising from Crawley specifically [HDC SA of Growth Options, 2020 Para2.5
COULD THE NEW PLANNING REFORMS LEAD TO A NIGHTMARE CONCRETE GHETTO OF SLUMS WEST OF CRAWLEY – AN ENVIRONMRNTAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE?