Richard Vobes, also known as The Bald Explorer on Youtube, explored the area to uncover its rich history and find out how important the area is to local wildlife, but also to people.

Homes England plans to create 3,250 homes west of Ifield which will provide new accommodation for local people.

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Mr Vobes met the Treasurer of the Save West of Ifield Committee, Cathy Durrant, and explored the village, The Plow Inn, the church and the agricultural fields surrounding the area. Ms. Durrant was able to provide unique insight into the issues surrounding the proposed development.

Mr Vobes said: ‘Crawley is already a massive conurbation which has continued to grow since it was originally built as a new town.

“I thought I would come to Ifield as it is a pretty rural village and it is under threat.

“The village of Ifield may date back to Saxon times, mentioned in the book Doomsday.

The bald explorer

“When you stand in the village you lose the sense of being close to this urban sprawl that is Crawley.”

Ms Durrant said: ‘This is the heart of the West Ifield Conservation Area. Ifield has never been a nuclear village, it has always been very rural. There is a lot of history and biodiversity here, which could potentially be ruined by the construction of 10,000 houses.

“The development of the new homes could see 24,000 new people, or a quarter of Crawley’s population.”

We contacted Homes England for their thoughts on the video and they replied: ‘We encourage people to visit our website www.westofifield.co.uk to learn more about our plans and how they will meet the long-term development needs of the region.

“Homes England’s West of Ifield scheme is for up to 3,250 homes, new jobs, supportive community infrastructure and transport improvements.

“The plans were developed with the help of community input to create a safe, walkable and accessible neighborhood that works with the surrounding landscape and environment.

“Further consultation events will take place this year where more details of our plans will become available and the local community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the master plan.”

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