MARCH 2024 – ‘MAKING THE CASE FOR A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE WITHIN THE ANCIENT PARISH OF IFIELD’ – LETTER SUBMISSIONS [UNPUBLISHED]

Photo by Carole Furmanski – near ‘The Druids’ – Ifield Wood

 

‘MAKING THE CASE FOR A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE WITHIN THE ANCIENT PARISH OF IFIELD’ – LETTER SUBMISSIONS [UNPUBLISHED]

Dear Editor

Cllr John Milne, Horsham District Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning & Infrastructure, is to be thanked for proposing a much-needed ‘Green Belt’ between Horsham and Crawley [‘Plans to apply for land between Horsham and Crawley to be designated Green Belt being explored’ / ‘Horsham: Council to apply for county’s first green belt area’, Sussex World / BBC News*, Feb 20 / 27 2024 – Reporter Karen Dunn].

If Cllr Milne is having difficulty identifying the exact location of such, might I suggest a specific nature and heritage fringe along the River Mole valley tributaries within the western boundary of the ancient Parish of Ifield.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

http://ifieldsociety.org.uk 

 

  •  Original BBC Headline [now deleted]: ‘Horsham plots green-belt bid to block developers’, BBC News, Feb 27 2024

 

 

FEBRUARY 7 2024 – “THE HORSHAM LOCAL PLAN IS ONLY WORKABLE IF ‘WEST OF IFIELD’ BECOMES A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE” – RICHARD W. SYMONDS – THE IFIELD SOCIETY

 

 

Dear Editor

Homes England’s West of Ifield masterplan, foisted upon Horsham District Council, was a bad plan.

Former planning inspector Stuart Crossen states [Newsletter – Save West of Ifield Together – March 2024]:

“The allocation of West of Ifield will result in a development plan which does not pass the tests of soundness at Examination…”

If that professional evaluation proves to be correct, an alternative plan must be urgently sought.

A powerful case is now being made for a designated Local Nature Reserve.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

http://ifieldsociety.org.uk

Dear Editor

Disturbingly, Angela Cornford writes [‘No alternative for council’, WSCT Letters, March 28]:

“I believe that HDC – Horsham District Council –  had no alternative but to include it (powerless to stop it?)” – ‘it’ being the Homes England ‘West of Ifield’ masterplan.

Enough is enough.

Government agency Homes England must now be re-investigated by the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee with a view to exercising its statutory powers, forcing the withdrawal of Homes England’s ‘West of Ifield’ planning application this summer….before even more public money is wasted.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

http://ifieldsociety.org.uk