Local Plan Review

Planning affects us all. The homes we live in, the places where we work, the open spaces where we relax and the roads we travel on are all a result of planning decisions that have been made. The Local Plan:

  • sets out the amount and location of housing and employment development
  • supports the growth of the Town Centre as a new neighbourhood
  • makes sure that the right infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of Crawley’s growing population
  • protects the important historic assets and open spaces that are valued by residents and visitors

Local Plan programme update and water neutrality

We have been notified by Natural England that developments within the Sussex North water supply area must not add to impacts on protected nature conservation sites, and must ensure that they are ‘water neutral’. More information on this is provided on our water resources page.

This has had implications for progression of the Local Plan Review, as the council must demonstrate that the level of growth identified in the Local Plan will not have an adverse effect on the integrity of designated sites, either alone or in combination. 

Once this work has been completed, a timetable for the Local Plan Review going forward will be established, and will be published on our Local Development Scheme page.

Regulation 19 consultation 2021

The draft Crawley Local Plan Regulation 19 public consultation closed on 30 June 2021. Representations received are being collated and will be made publicly available in due course

This consultation sought views on the Crawley Submission draft Local Plan. This is the next stage (known as Regulation 19) in producing a new Local Plan for the borough.

The Local Plan is an important document, setting out planning policies to guide development in the borough over the 15-year plan period. The Local Plan:

  • sets out the amount and location of housing and employment development
  • supports the growth of the Town Centre as a new neighbourhood
  • makes sure that the right infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of Crawley’s growing population
  • protects the important historic assets and open spaces that are valued by residents and visitors.

We also invited views on several accompanying key and draft evidence documents. In particular, the draft Sustainability Appraisal and draft Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Previous Regulation 19 representations

If you submitted a response to the Local Plan Regulation 19 consultation carried out between 20 January and 2 March 2020, you do not need to resubmit your response. However, we welcome new responses on the changes which have been made to the Local Plan or the new evidence documents since then.

Responses from the previous Regulation 19 consultation will be submitted in full, to the Secretary of State for the Local Plan’s examination, along with responses received in this consultation. Please let us know in writing if you would like to withdraw your previous objections.

Regulation 19 2021: Key documents

Use the separate Local Plan map document to support the Submission Draft Crawley Local Plan as the map in the main document is pixelated.

Topic papers

Evidence base

Additional background information supporting the draft Local Plan is available in the wider planning policy evidence supporting the adopted Local Plan (Crawley 2030).