DECEMBER 8 2022 – ‘DESTRUCTION AND POLLUTION’ WEST OF IFIELD – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTERS + HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL DELAYS ‘WEST OF IFIELD’ LOCAL PLAN DECISION

1. ‘DESTRUCTION AND POLLUTION – CRAWLEY OBSERVER – LETTERS – DECEMBER 7 2022

The Queen Elizabeth II Bewbush Water Gardens Walk took place last Saturday [‘Marking anniversary’, Observer Letters, Nov 30] – to mark 10 years of protection by Fields in Trust.

Raymond Smith of Ifield Mill showed walkers the remains of Bewbush Water Mill, bordering the Kilnwood Vale housing development – a former landfill site which used to be two large ponds.

It was a shock to discover the extent of destruction and pollution on this building site within this ancient Parish.

There is a possibility of serious contamination to Bewbush Brook at the Mill Pond & Water Gardens SNCI [Site of Nature Conservation Importance], Ifield Brook in Ifield Brook Meadows LGS [Local Green Space] and the River Mole at Willoughby Fields LNR [Local Nature Reserve]. Has this proposed Queen Elizabeth II Nature Reserve full protection, or is this a ‘community catastrophe times 10,000 waiting to happen?

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

 

2. HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL DELAYS ‘WEST OF IFIELD’ LOCAL PLAN DECISION – DECEMBER 8 2022

West Sussex County Times – Dec 8 2022

He believed the announcement meant HDC could concentrate on providing the right numbers of houses for the district in the right places and not to be held to ransom by property developers.

A spokesperson for group Save West of Ifield said:

“We’re very pleased that there could start to be a shift away from developer-led planning towards communities having more of a voice. Plus of course more emphasis on brownfield first, and genuinely affordable housing. But we won’t celebrate anyt”hing until we see the detailed proposals.

“The changes that matter most in Horsham and Crawley districts are around target-setting – making it easier for councils to challenge and adjust the targets, and dropping the five-year land supply requirements which have made it easier for speculative planning applications.

“Horsham District Council must delay its Local Plan process and make the case for much lower targets”.

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/politics/council/the-government-has-opened-the-door-for-change-save-west-of-ifield-group-pleased-with-landmark-housing-decision-3946229