MAY 8 2024 – “THE WEST OF IFIELD ALLOCATION SITE IS PROPOSED WITHOUT ANY ‘LANDSCAPE AND VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT’ [LVIA] HAVING BEEN MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE”: ‘SPEEDING UP NIGHTMARE’ / ‘TOO SERIOUS TO IGNORE’ – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTERS

“THE WEST OF IFIELD ALLOCATION SITE IS PROPOSED WITHOUT ANY ‘LANDSCAPE AND VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT’ [LVIA] HAVING BEEN MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE”: ‘SPEEDING UP NIGHTMARE’ / ‘TOO SERIOUS TO IGNORE’ – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTERS – MAY 8 2024

https://iawpa.horsham.gov.uk/PublicAccess_LIVE/Document/ViewDocument?id=AA0477E418F011EB8F1058FB8467EA8B

DECEMBER 30 2023 – ‘THE ANCIENT BOUNDARY SATURDAY BUS-WALK’ – THE PARISH BOUNDARY OF IFIELD AND ‘THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE’ BY W.G. HOSKINS – 11AM FROM THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD VILLAGE [RETURN 1PM APPROX] – The Ifield Society

DECEMBER 30 2023 – ‘THE ANCIENT BOUNDARY SATURDAY BUS-WALK’ – THE PARISH BOUNDARY OF IFIELD AND ‘THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE’ BY W.G. HOSKINS – 11AM FROM THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD VILLAGE [RETURN 1PM APPROX] – The Ifield Society

View of St Margaret’s from the Public Right of Way to the south-west – Land West of Ifield

 

“The West of Ifield allocation site is proposed without any Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment [LVIA] having been made publicly available [‘Save West of Ifield’ Newsletter – April 2024]

“We think it essential that an integrated landscape approach to assessment of heritage assets (both designated and undesignated) is undertaken…The assessment should also consider the likelihood of alterations to drainage and ground water patterns that might lead to in situ decomposition or destruction of below ground archaeological remains and deposits, and can also lead to subsidence of buildings and monuments…

St Margaret’s Church

The development has the potential to impact on the Grade 1 listed St Margaret’s Church…there are some incidental wider landscape views to the tower from a PRoW (Public Right of Way) to the south-west within the site above the intervening tree belts [see photo below]…The setting of the church and potential impacts on its significance will need to be examined in detail within the heritage baseline assessment and the ES chapter.

Ifield Court moated site

The development has the potential to impact on this scheduled monument.
Impacts could occur from changes within its setting, and from disturbance of potential currently unrecorded associated non-designated below ground archaeological remains.
Understanding the setting of the moated site, and how the scheme would change this (including potential visual changes and disruption to tranquillity…”

Source: Historic England’s directive in October 2020 [EIA/20/0004 – Land West of Ifield]

 

 

‘SPEEDING UP NIGHTMARE’ – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTER – MAY 8 2024

Dear Editor

Cllr John Milne, Horsham’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, is “sorry” about the overnight closing of Crawley’s Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre [‘Sorry to see closure’, Crawley Observer, May 1]:

“They say it’s just ‘temporary’ but it’s clear where this is heading”

I’ll tell you exactly where this is heading. It’s heading for the total disintegration of Crawley’s infrastructure, and Cllr Milne and his Horsham ‘associates’ will be speeding up that nightmare by helping to ‘bolt-on’ 3000+ houses on Crawley doorstep to the West of Ifield within the ancient Parish.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

 

View of St Margaret’s from the Public Right of Way to the south-west – Land West of Ifield

‘TOO SERIOUS TO IGNORE’ – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTER – MAY 8 2024

Dear Editor 

This situation is now too serious to ignore [‘Sorry to see closure’, Crawley Observer Letters, May 1]: 

“The West of Ifield allocation site is proposed without any Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment [LVIA] having been made publicly available” [‘Save West of Ifield’ Newsletter – April 2024]

It is demanded this LVIA is made available before Homes England’s planning application for the site is submitted – especially in the light of Historic England’s directive in October 2020 [EIA/20/0004 – Land West of Ifield]:

“We think it essential that an integrated landscape approach to assessment of heritage assets (both designated and undesignated) is undertaken…The setting of the church [St Margaret’s, Ifield] and potential impacts…will need to be examined in detail”.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

Aerial View of St Margaret’s and the Ifield Court Moated Site (Scheduled Monument) – Land West of Ifield

“By accepting Homes England’s imminent ‘West of Ifield’ planning application, we may well be contributing to the future disintegration of Crawley’s infrastructure and the permanent destruction of Ifield’s ancient heritage. By rejecting such an application, we may well be contributing to the future preservation of something good for – and of value to – our community”

Richard W. Symonds – The Ifield Society