Ground broken in new 2,500-home project

Kilnwood Vale ground-breaking ceremony
Kilnwood Vale ground-breaking ceremony

Ground-breaking on Kilnwood Vale, the 2,500-home site west of Bewbush, started this month with Horsham and Crawley councillors visiting.

The Crest Nicholson site, within Horsham district, which has outline planning permission, is beginning the first phase of 291 homes, thanks to a £2.3m Get Britain Building funding allocation.

Attendees included Horsham District Council chief executive Tom Crowley, chairman Leonard Crosbie (LDem, Trafalgar), and Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper and Colgate).

The development will also provide a new community green, known as the Gateway Village Green, alongside a neighbourhood park, play and sports areas, all of which are being delivered as part of the first phase of development.

The 132-hectare site, north of the A264,was being used as a landfill operation for inert or low-level household waste, and was granted planning permission in March 2011 by HDC after years of planning.

When permission was granted in 2011, preparatory work was expected to start in June, with the first houses started in the spring of 2012.

Stephen Stone, chief executive of Crest Nicholson, said: “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.”

He 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.”