About the plans
On this page you will be able find more information about our proposals for new neighbourhoods West of Ifield and you can provide your thoughts and feedback. Each page will provide an overview of different consultation themes and offer the opportunity to comment
This consultation part of the conversation on what the draft masterplan for West of Ifield could look and feel like. Following this consultation, we will continue holding engagement events and working with you in shaping the future of West of Ifield.
Unlocking the Region’s potential
West of Ifield is strategically located to deliver new homes, boost the local economy and provide new infrastructure .
What you said
Homes England held nine public consultation events in January 2020. The gave us the chance to understand local opportunities, issues and aspirations. Your feedback has now been used to help shape the draft masterplan for West of Ifield.
Our draft masterplan for the West of Ifield has been designed as a walkable neighbourhood with its own character.
What could West of Ifield look like
The draft masterplan sets a framework for the delivery of homes, infrastructure, shops, community facilities and open spaces.
Connecting People with the Landscape
By using and protecting the existing landscape at the West of Ifield site, the draft masterplan creates a unique neighbourhood developed with climate resilience, Sustainable Urban Drainage, and biodiversity in mind.
Flood Protection and Sustainable Drainage
The draft masterplan has been designed with sustainability as a key principle, addressing and mitigating the impact of climate change and tackling issues like flooding and drainage.
Connections – Active Travel
West of Ifield has been designed on the “15-minute neighbourhood” principle of locating shops, schools and community facilities within a 15-minute active travel journey of all homes.
Connections – Public Transport
The pedestrian and cycle network will be supported by strong public transport links, connecting West of Ifield to the surrounding area.
Connections – Access to the Highway Network
While the emphasis of the draft masterplan is to promote sustainable transport choices and reduce reliance on private vehicles, road access will remain important to allow for wider connectivity.
Delivering Homes for Everyone
The draft masterplan provides the framework to accommodate up to 3,250 homes (35% affordable – around 1,085) to help meet the acute need for new homes in the area.
Building a New Community
At the heart of the neighbourhood will be a new centre providing new community spaces and facilities – pedestrian focused with shops, amenities and flexible open areas to meet, socialise and for community events.
Stewardship – Managing Community Assets
Our draft masterplan sets delivers significant community facilities to benefit existing and future residents, including parks, open spaces and community facilities like halls and squares.
Homes England held a series of nine public consultation events in January 2020. The events introduced the proposed new neighbourhoods and gave us the chance to understand local opportunities, issues and aspirations. The events were well attended, with a total of 726 members of the community visiting over the eight days.
The main issues raised at the events, which were replicated on the feedback forms, were:
- Infrastructure pressure – particularly the need for new health services. If the proposals are approved, infrastructure will be delivered early.
- Transport – increased road congestion, rat running through the villages and the need for a new or improved public transport links. The impact on the roads will be eased by the creation of the Western Link which will include dedicated pedestrian, cycle and bus lanes.
- Environment – residents expressed concerns over the environmental impact of the proposals, particularly the loss of green space and effect on local wildlife. The draft masterplan will open 50% of the site as public open space and protect community valued areas such as Ifield Brook meadows.
- Ifield Golf Club – the events were attended by many members of Ifield Golf Club, who raised concerns about the future of their club. Further letters of objection have since been received by the members. The draft masterplan provides a number of new open spaces and sports facilities which can be access by both existing and new residents.
- Flooding – concerns were raised about the potential impact of flooding in the area. The proposals will include flood prevention measures and ensure the homes are safe for new residents.
The information from the consultations has helped to shape the draft masterplan for West of Ifield.
What could West of Ifield look like
The draft masterplan sets the framework for the delivery of homes, physical and social infrastructure, shops, community facilities and open spaces and how they can be arranged as a neighbourhood where people will want to live, work and relax.
The draft masterplan will:
- Provide up to 3,250 homes (with 35% affordable). Homes of all types and tenures will meet the latest building standards and will contribute to achieving ambitious carbon reduction targets.
- Create around 100 hectares (247 acres) of public open space – including a new country park, community spaces, sports pitches and play areas as well as protecting and enhancing Ifield Brook Meadows. Open spaces will also be used to help manage existing flood issues.
- Provide a new neighbourhood centre with a range of shops, leisure, and community services / facilities.
- Help to meet the pre-existing local need for a new secondary school, as well as a primary school and nursery facility.
- Create up to 2 hectares / 4.94 acres (around the size of three football pitches) of employment area. The employment area will complement the role of Manor Royal, Gatwick and Crawley Town Centre and help realise local economic objectives.
- Deliver a step change in the way residents travel with all homes within 15 minutes active travel time from community facilities via a network of pedestrian, cycle and low traffic routes.
- Extend and integrate Crawley Fastway or other bus services into new sustainable transport interchanges and improved pedestrian and cycle access to key destinations.
- Build the first phase of a new Crawley Western Link – a route for buses, cars, and bicycles which provides new connections between homes and jobs and helping to address existing issues in the local area.
- Give the opportunity to existing and future residents to take responsibility for community assets – becoming custodians and providing stewardship to ensure that the long term needs of the community are met.
Should the West of Ifield be identified as a preferred strategic allocation for housing as part of the Horsham District Council Regulation 19 Local Plan, the final masterplan will take account of future policy requirements as well as the feedback from this consultation.
Everything above says what WILL be done! Not we will bow to pressure and not do it.
“a body at rest remains at rest unless acted on by force”.