Work due to start on new Crawley neighbourhood

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Infrastructure work for a 1,900 home development in Crawley is set to start this summer.

The ‘North East Sector’ will include 40 per cent affordable housing - 760 houses.

Infrastructure work for the neighbourhood centre, primary school, retail, community and health facilities will begin in the summer.

Building work on houses is set to commence in 2014, subject to planning approval.

Cllr Claire Denman, cabinet member for planning and economic development at Crawley Borough Council (CBC), said: “Plans for this new neighbourhood have taken a long time to get to this stage so I’m delighted that work is soon to start.

“Crawley desperately needs more housing and the infrastructure that goes with a new neighbourhood so this is great news for the town.”

The site will be bordered by Crawley Avenue, Balcombe Road, Steers Lane and Tinsley Green.

A consortium of Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, CBC and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has outline planning permission for the development.

The consortium is finalising plans for the first phase of homes in the hope that building work can commence next year.