RWS Note – 18/03/2021
If the case of the Roman Road is a dead-end, then, as I see it, the only possible way of saving this precious area from predatory developers is for Crawley Borough Council/Horsham District Council to enforce the Buffer Zone protecting Ifield Brook Meadows Local Green Space [LGS] – marked in green on the map above – which was originally proposed years ago by the former Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Development Claire Denman. There is also the issue of the proposed new roads cutting across and through the Ifield Brook Meadows Local Green Space [LGS] and the Willoughby Fields Local Nature Reserve [LNR] – yet another catastrophe unfolding. A Joint Area Action Plan by CBC & HDC – with full community support – must now make the whole area a Local Nature Reserve [LNR]…….but immediate action is required.
If the Roman Road – ‘The Quarter Mile’ – is not found on those fields [just over the bridge at Ifield Brook, behind the 13th century St Margaret’s church], then that beautiful area of the ancient Parish – once the home of skylarks – will be under concrete and tarmac. The proposed development – ironically and insultingly called “The Meadows” – will just be an extension northwards of The Maples. A potential environmental and community tragedy is unfolding. As George Orwell said – his last-known published words – “Don’t let it happen. It depends on you”
Land West of Ifield
We would be obliged if you could confirm if you have yet received your separate district-wide Golf Supply & Demand Assessment and the Sport, Open Space & Recreation Assessment referred to in your email dated 01.03.21 and, if so, may we have sight of the results please?
Dear Mr Bender,
The Open Space, Sport and Recreation Review, and the accompanying Golf and Open Space Assessment, are not yet finalised.
Eventually these documents will form part of the evidence base for the Regulation 19 draft Submission Local Plan and it is likely that they will be published alongside this document in the Summer of 2021.
I hope this is helpful.
Strategic Planning – Horsham District Council