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Hundreds of new council homes get green light from Cabinet

More than 530 council homes are hoped to be built in Crawley’s forthcoming new neighbourhood in the North East Sector of Crawley.

The decision was approved by Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday night, which also gave the thumbs up to the development’s name, Forge Wood.

The homes will be built over the course of the development’s four phases set to begin next year and will be built by the neighbourhood’s developer partners, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes.

Councillor Richard Burrett, Cabinet member for Housing, said: “This provision will make a real difference to those in need of homes on the town’s housing register.

“There is a severe shortage of available land for new building in the town and it follows that coming by appropriate land on which to build more council housing is becoming increasingly difficult. All 532 homes may take some time to come forward but will represent more than a six per cent increase to Crawley Homes’ current 8,100-strong housing stock.”

The construction period will take up to 12 years, with the first homes becoming available at the end of next year.

Along with an increased council housing stock, the development will also provide 228 shared ownership units, giving first time buyers the opportunity to purchase their homes at 20 per cent less than market value.

Overall, 40 per cent of the development will be affordable housing, providing real opportunities for Crawley people.

Final decisions will be taken at Crawley Borough Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday 18 December.