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Crawley Council needs your say on their Local Plan for jobs, retail, housing, climate, conservation and more

Crawley Borough Council has launched the next stage of consultation on its Local Plan.

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The six-week consultation, which begins today (Monday 20 January), is for local residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders to make formal representations on any policy or allocation in the Local Plan, called Crawley 2035.

Crawley Borough Council’s vision for Crawley in 2035 is “a modern, vibrant town that stands proud of its achievements and uses its strengths to reach its potential. Its strong and diverse communities, neighbourhood structure, sustainable economic growth and excellent connections within and beyond the region will make it a place that people enjoy and want to live, work and visit”.

The Local Plan is an important document, setting out the strategic priorities for Crawley and the planning policies to deliver:

  • Homes and jobs
  • Provision of retail, leisure and other commercial development
  • Provision of infrastructure for transport, telecommunications, water supply, wastewater, flood risk management, and energy
  • Provision of community, social and cultural infrastructure and other local facilities
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Conservation and enhancement of the natural, built and historic environment, including landscape and green infrastructure
  • Sustainable Growth of Gatwick Airport.

The draft submission Local Plan includes:

  • Planning for a minimum of 5,355 new homes within the borough
  • Developer contributions towards tree planting can also count towards types of soft landscaping to improve visual amenity and add additional biodiversity value
  • Flexible Temporary Art and Creative Uses to generate vibrancy in underused buildings around the town centre to promote attractiveness
  • Employment and Skills Development Policy building upon the positive work of the Crawley Skills Programme to help address the local skills gap and create employment and training opportunities for Crawley residents
  • Committing to prepare an Area Action Plan to consider how land in north Crawley can best be planned for, including consideration for Gatwick Airport, employment, nature and infrastructure.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This consultation is the last chance for residents to tell us what they think before it is examined by a Planning Inspector.

“So if you’re interested in the future sustainable development of our town please take part in this stage of consultation.”

The consultation runs until 5pm on 2 March. Comments must be based on whether you consider the plan to comply with legal requirements, the duty to co-operate and whether the plan is sound.

All responses will go to a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

To have your say and for more information on Crawley 2035 visit www.crawley.gov.uk/crawley2035 You can also email your comments to forward.planning@crawley.gov.uk or send them to Local Plan Consultation, Strategic Planning, Crawley Borough Council, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley RH10 1UZ.

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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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