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‘Talk Ifield’ is back as plans for 10k new homes is announced

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Following the postponement last November and with Homes England now announcing that there are plans to build 10,000 new homes to the west of Ifield, a special meeting has been arranged for the 22nd January.

Being held at Elim Church in Ifield from 7pm till 8:30pm, the open meeting is a chance for residents to provide a Crawley-focussed planning perspective on Homes England’s proposals as well as to consider what the next steps should be and what the key issues arising from these plans are.

There has already been a lot of interest around this decision and as a result people are being asked to arrived promptly due to the limited space within the Church.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“At our last ‘Talk Ifield’ open forum back in September, we promised to hold a special open forum as soon as possible on Homes England’s controversial proposal to build 10,000 new homes to the west of Ifield over the coming few years.

Our meeting on 22nd January will therefore be a timely opportunity to hear directly from our local Councillors and other community representatives about what Homes England’s plans will mean for us and our neighbourhood, and to start the discussion about how we should respond to them.

We are looking forward to a good turnout on 22nd January, and so I would urge anyone who is interested to be at Elim Church in good time to ensure they can take their seat before we get started at 7.00pm sharp”.

The meeting is for local councillors and residents only and will be taking place afterward Homes England’s own series of public engagement roadshows taking place.

Talk Ifield takes place from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd January at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD

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Crawley Council want your views on helping tackle traffic and transport issues

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a public consultation on New Directions for Crawley, the draft Crawley Transport Strategy, on Wednesday 15 January.

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Crawley Borough Council is committed to enabling healthier and more sustainable transport options, working with West Sussex County Council and other partners to help to tackle traffic congestion and make our streets safer and more attractive.

Crawley Borough Council is developing a strategy to improve how we travel around the town and the choice of transport options for residents and visitors.

You can share your views on New Directions for Crawley, the new draft transport and access strategy.

The strategy proposes a vision of a walkable town along with improved sustainable public transport, car clubs and safecycling, using a mix of innovative and integrated transportfacilities to serve everyone’s needs.

It has been drafted as part of the local response to the climate emergency, which Crawley Borough Council declared at its Full Council meeting in July 2019.  

The council is asking residents to share their thoughts and ideas on the draft document, with the goal of ensuring proposals meet the needs of residents and visitors.

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

“It is really important for the council to hear your views on this draft strategy. “Transport is now recognised as the biggest single contributor to carbon emissions, which in turn causes climate heating.  It can also cause poor air quality and biodiversity loss. 

“We are all aware of the urgency for action on the climate crisis. This is a chance for residents to find what’s possible and to give us their thoughts on ways to improve access for everyone, to reduce congestion and pollution and improve health in our town.”

Residents can provide feedback to the draft Transport Strategy from 20 January to 9am on 17 February 2020 online at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultations or directly by email to NewDirections@crawley.gov.uk

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