JUNE 21 2024 – IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS [WEST OF IFIELD]: “ANY SUCH DEVELOPMENT SHOULD PROTECT THE SETTING OF CRAWLEY’S EXISTING NEIGHBOURHOODS AT THE EDGE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE” – CRAWLEY [EMERGING] LOCAL PLAN MODIFICATIONS – FEBRUARY 2024 – PARAGRAPHS 12.17 TO 12.23

Ifield Brook Meadows – West of Ifield [within Crawley Borough Council boundary]

“Critically, should any future strategic development adjacent to Crawley be granted planning permission by neighbouring authorities or by the government’s Planning Inspectorate on appeal, CBC’s emerging Local Plan: Local Plan Modifications Consultation February 2024_1.pdf (crawley.gov.uk)*  is clear in paragraphs 12.17-12.23 that any such development should protect the setting of Crawley’s existing neighbourhoods at the edge of the countryside (paragraph 12.19). Paragraph 12.23(ix b) requires an assessment of the impact of the development on the landscape character, setting and heritage of the area, and the setting of Crawley’s neighbourhoods, also requiring development to be planned, not only to ensure the key landscape features, character areas, areas of tranquillity and settings are protected but also to ensure the way they can be experienced is enhanced.

“(*please note, this link is to the Modifications Version of the Local Plan, which is the most recently published version. It will be superseded by the final version once this is progressing through the reporting process to its eventual adoption.)”

Elizabeth Brigden Planning Policy Manager [email 21/06/2024]

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 21 2024 – IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS – WEST OF IFIELD: A REPLY BACK FROM THE PLANNING POLICY MANAGER OF CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

West of Ifield’s ‘beauty spot’ of Ifield Brook Meadows has been given extra protection from ‘monstrous’ development plans, by a specific amendment to the Crawley Local Plan:
“Any such development should protect the setting of Crawley’s existing neighbourhoods at the edge of the countryside”
[Crawley Local Plan Modifications – February 2024 – Paragraph 12.19]
Roll on the proposed Local Nature Reserve!