Work is set to begin on the first phase of a much-anticipated 132 ha development at Kilnwood Vale, a new community comprising 2,500 homes west of Crawley being delivered by Crest Nicholson. This is one of the first sites in the UK to benefit from the Government’s Get Britain Building programme, after the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed £2.3 million of investment to help bring forward delivery.
The scheme will be delivered in five phases, with phase 1 including the delivery of 291 one, two, three and four bedroom houses and apartments. As well as much needed housing, the development will also provide a new community green, known as the Gateway Village Green, alongside a range of other community facilities, including a neighbourhood park, play and sports areas, all of which are being delivered as part of the first phase of development. Footpaths, cycleways and bridleways will also be provided at an early stage, with links into Bewbush and across the A264 into Buchan Country Park.
The proposals also include shops, a library, sports pavilion, healthcare centre, primary school and employment space for small and start-up businesses, all of which will be delivered over the course of the wider development programme.
As Stephen Stone, Chief Executive of Crest Nicholson, commented: “We have spent a long time ensuring that the proposals for Kilnwood Vale are not only genuinely integrated into the existing locality, but that we are creating a new and thriving neighbourhood complete with all the supporting lifestyle and leisure facilities necessary for a vibrant and sustainable community. The proposals for Kilnwood Vale will deliver a very real boost to the Crawley area, and it’s exciting to see these plans now coming to fruition.”
Stephen added: “Bringing forward much needed new housing in partnership with the public sector is a key objective for us, and the scale of this site makes it a significant addition to the local housing market. We are committed to developing a prosperous community that not only creates new homes, but also brings new life and new long-term opportunities to the area.”
Ken Glendinning, HCA Head of Area, said: “Get Britain Building continues to deliver new homes and safeguard jobs in construction. Our investment means that Crest Nicholson is now able to get on site at Kilnwood Vale and deliver high-quality homes and much-needed community facilities in a great location with excellent public transport links.”
Crawley MP Henry Smith, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Kilnwood Vale. The Crawley area needs a mix of new housing and this latest neighbourhood provides those new households and support to the local economy. The design is good and the new infrastructure impressive.”
Cllr Ian Howard, Horsham District Council's Cabinet Member for Living and Working Communities, added: “I am delighted to see this site being built up. It has been over six years since the first proposals were initially considered. People do not realise how long it takes to bring a site from the strategic level to construction. This is a good example of co-operation between neighbouring authorities.”
The £570m Get Britain Building programme, announced as part of the Government’s Housing Strategy in November 2011, is supporting housebuilders by providing access to development finance to unlock up to 16,000 new homes across the country, protecting and creating thousands of jobs. All homes supported through the first round of the Get Britain Building programme must be completed by December 2014.