Plans submitted for new housing project in West Sussex, UK
March 13, 2020 – Wates Developments and Redrow Homes have submitted an outline planning application for the development of a new housing scheme with 1,500 new homes at the former Ford Airfield in West Sussex, UK.
The over 900-acre site will include a mix of agricultural land and the former historic Ford airbase, which played a crucial role in Battle of Britain airfield in WW2 and a base for RAF Hunter jets.
After receiving a positive local referendum on the Ford Neighbourhood Plan in November 2018, a broader masterplan and application were developed by Wates and Redrow Homes after consulting the local community.
Wates Developments and Redrow Southern Counties Homes spokesperson said: “We are delighted this ground-breaking neighbourhood planning led development at Ford has reached the stage of outline planning submission with the support of the local Ford community.
“We are not aware of any other neighbourhood planning process in the country bringing forward a single allocation of 1500 new homes through a positive and collaborative engagement that has extended over six years to date.
“This success illustrates what can be achieved through constructive neighbourhood planning where there is clarity of purpose and imagination on all sides.
“As the masterplan for the site was developed ahead of the planning submissions, there has been continued consultation with all local stakeholders.
“Consequently, a high-quality sustainable proposal has been developed that meets local needs, particularly the creation of a new community heart for Ford, which has been the Parishs central concern from the outset.
“We aim for this true collaboration between local community and developers to continue and bring this complex site fruition, delivering much-needed new homes, community facilities and jobs to the area.”
In addition to the new 1,500 new homes, the development also proposes to include a new primary school, provision for a care home, a local centre with retail units, significant open space, allotments, play spaces, football pitches to complement Arun Sports Arena and Childrens Flying Fortress family entertainment centre.