FEBRUARY 6 2024 – “PROPOSALS WHICH RESPECT THIS AREA OF LOCALLY SPECIAL RURAL FRINGE, THE NATURE CONSERVATION AND RECREATION VALUE, ITS POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE URBAN EDGE, AND LINKS TO THE WIDER COUNTRYSIDE WILL BE ENCOURAGED” – CRAWLEY LOCAL PLAN – PROPOSED MODIFICATION TO CL8: DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE THE BUILT-UP AREA – WEST OF IFIELD RURAL FRINGE [PAGE 60]

 

JUNE 6 2023 – ‘MAKING THE CASE FOR A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE [LNR] AND HERITAGE SITE ON THE WEST OF IFIELD RURAL FRINGE – AND BEYOND’ – IFIELD SOCIETY SUBMISSION TO THE CRAWLEY LOCAL PLAN [POLICY CL8] – DEADLINE JUNE 20 2023] – The Ifield Society

 

FEBRUARY 6 2034 – “A MASTERPLAN WHICH TOTALLY DISRESPECTS THIS AREA OF LOCALLY SPECIAL RURAL FRINGE, THE NATURE CONSERVATION AND RECREATION VALUE, ITS POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE URBAN EDGE, AND LINKS TO THE WIDER COUNTRYSIDE SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT” – RICHARD W. SYMONDS – THE IFIELD SOCIETY – The Ifield Society

 

PAGE 60 – Crawley Local Plan – Policy CL8: Development Outside the Built-Up Area – West of Ifield Rural Fringe

1. Submission Crawley Borough Local Plan 2024-2040 May 2023.pdf

Policy CL8: Development Outside the Built-Up Area

To ensure that Crawley’s compact nature and attractive setting is maintained,
development should:

i. Be grouped where possible with existing buildings to minimise impact on visual
amenity;
ii. Identify existing character and key assets, heritage, landscape and built forms, and
recognise the significant qualities of the area, including its grain, aspect, scale, natural
resources, views, sense of space and tranquillity to guide any new development;
iii. Identify the strategic context of such settings and environments of the town, and
respond intelligently to the underlying landscape and environmental systems and
form;
iv. Maintain a loose-knit, low density rural character clearly differentiating it from
development within the urban area;
v. Be located to avoid the loss of important on-site views and off-site views towards
important landscape and heritage features, understanding how they function and how
they are experienced and perceived;
vi. Reflect local character, heritage and distinctiveness in terms of form, height, scale,
plot shape and size, elevations, roofline and pitch, overall colour, texture and
boundary treatment (walls, hedges, fences and gates). Where screening and existing
character allows, careful, unique modern new design could be considered;
vii. Minimise the impact of lighting to avoid blurring the distinction between urban and
rural areas and in areas which are intrinsically dark to avoid light pollution to the night
sky;
viii. Ensure buildings and any external hard surfacing, parking areas, access roads and
outdoor storage are not visually prominent in the landscape;
ix. Avoid generating an unacceptable level and/or frequency of noise in areas relatively
undisturbed by noise and valued for their recreational or amenity value;
x. Avoid generating traffic of a type or amount inappropriate to the rural roads;
xi. Ensure access to the countryside is maintained and enhanced from Crawley’s
neighbourhoods, in accordance with Policy OS3 and demonstrate how such areas can
be better experienced; and
xii. Avoid introducing a use which by virtue of its operation is not compatible with the
countryside.

In addition to the above, all proposals must recognise the individual character and
distinctiveness, and the role of the landscape character area or edge in which it is
proposed as shown on the Local Plan Map, established by the Crawley Borough Council
Landscape Character Assessment, and set out below.

Certain types of development may alter one or more important elements that make up a
Character Area or Edge. This is acceptable if its overall character and role is not
compromised and measures are taken to limit impacts through mitigation and
enhancement where possible. This may be the strengthening of other elements of the
area’s character or general enhancement through increased biodiversity, green links and
other mitigation measures as detailed in the Landscape Character Assessment.

Proposals which alter the overall character of the area must demonstrate that the need for
the development clearly outweighs the impact on landscape character and is in
accordance with national and local policy. Mitigation and/or compensation will be sought
in such cases where this can be proven. Applicants are advised to consider the
enhancement opportunities identified in the Crawley Borough Landscape Character
Assessment

 

West of Ifield Rural Fringe

Proposals which respect this area of locally special rural fringe, its nature conservation
and recreation value, its positive relationship with the urban edge and links to the wider
countryside will be encouraged

 

West of Gossops Green/Bewbush Rural Fringe The green infrastructure along Bewbush Brook and Spruce Hill Brook is of high value and should be protected and linked to green infrastructure in the new neighbourhood, Kilnwood Vale and where other opportunities arise
Strategic Policy GI4: 
Local Green Space
The following area is designated as Local Green Space:
 Ifield Brook Meadows and Rusper Road Playing Fields This area is designated due to its value to the local community and local significance in its function as an area for enjoyment of recreation, visual amenity, tranquillity, wildlife, heritage, and highly accessible countryside close to the urban area. The above area will be safeguarded from development other than in very special circumstances or where the development is to enhance Local Green Space functions, for example, through improvements to access, recreation and wildlife. Reasoned Justification 14.47 Public consultations have consistently shown that Ifield Brook Meadows and Rusper Road Playing Fields should be protected because of their special value to the local community. The Meadows are an important site of nature conservation with distinctive vegetation and wildlife. The northern part of the Meadows is of historic importance, forming part of the Ifield Village Conservation Area, contributing to the setting of the village and church. These elements make this area unique and local in character. 14.48 The presumption in favour of sustainable development does not apply to Local Green Spaces. Proposals affecting the designated Local Green Space should be consistent with national Green Belt Policy.

 

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“A Masterplan which totally disrespects ‘this area of locally special rural fringe, its nature conservation and recreation value, its positive relationship with the urban edge and links to the wider countryside’ should be withdrawn immediately with immediate effect”

Richard W. Symonds – The Ifield Society