JUNE 26 2023 – WEST OF IFIELD: “ARE WE TO BE BAMBOOZLED BY THE BAMBOOZLERS – YET AGAIN?”

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”

George Orwell

 

 

1993 – WEST SUSSEX LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN

“…Ifield Court Farm, Crawley, owned by the Commission for the New Towns which the council maintained should be kept as open land in accordance with the 1993 West Sussex Structure Plan”

 

 

 

JULY 26 1999 – JUDGES BACK HORSHAM’S FIGHT TO MAINTAIN ‘STRATEGIC GAP’ – LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE [LGC]

Horsham DC has won a legal battle to keep Horsham separate from neighbouring Crawley. …

Horsham DC has won a legal battle to keep Horsham separate from neighbouring Crawley.

The council won an appeal court challenge against release of land in the ‘strategic gap’ which separates the two towns, for development.

The dispute centred on 100 hectares of land at Ifield Court Farm, Crawley, owned by the Commission for the New Towns which the council maintained should be kept as open land in accordance with the 1993 West Sussex Structure Plan.

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf and two of the country’s other senior judges, Lords Justices Brooke and Robert Walker agreed.

They upheld a planning inspector’s decision that they were entitled to retain the gap. The court overturned a high court ruling which had given the green light for the land to be used for development.

Counsel for Horsham, Rhodri Price Lewis, had argued that where land such as Ifield Court Farm was an integral part of the open countryside between the towns and that to allow development of it would seriously undermine the aims of the planning policy.

He claimed that exclusion of the land from the ‘strategic gap’ would contribute in a significant way to the ‘coalescence’ of Horsham and Crawley.

The New Towns Commission, argued on the other hand, that loss of the land would not result in coalescence or loss of identity of two towns.

But Lord Woolf said that Horsham was under a duty to prevent coalescence between the two towns and had been entitled to take the view that exclusion of the land from the gap could have a tendency to encourage such coalescence.

Their view, he said, had clearly been supported by the planning inspector who had considered that the land in question ought to be kept free and this was a decision which he said the court should not interfere with.

He said the planning inspector had been entitled to take the view that redesignation of the land, without very strong justification, could trigger off ‘the very real danger of cumulative erosion which the policy was designed to prevent.’

2001 – WSCC LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN – “LACKING HERITAGE AND CHARACTER”

 

 

2009 – CONSORTIUM EYES UP GOLF CLUB LAND – CRAWLEY OBSERVER

 

2016 & 2018 – HDC – “NOT CURRENTLY DEVELOPABLE”

 

 

JULY 29 2019 – HOMES ENGLAND £3BN LAND DEAL

FROM THE ARCHIVES [JULY 29 2019] – “HOMES ENGLAND PLAN £3BN CRAWLEY GARDEN VILLAGE” – WEST OF IFIELD – ESTATES GAZETTE INTELLIGENCE [EGI]

2022/2023 – HOMES ENGLAND ‘MASTERPLAN OF MADNESS’

 

Homes England’s ‘Masterplan of Madness’ West of Ifield

 

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