Crawley Observer – Forge Wood Primary

New hi-tech School has ‘amazing and unique design,’ says head
2nd August 2017 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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Pupils at Forge Wood Primary School have left for the summer holidays knowing they will return to a new purpose-built building in September.

Forge Wood Primary School staff and students will start the new academic year in a new home after a while in temporary accommodation watching it develop across the road.

The new Forge Wood Primary is due to open in September

Jo Newton, executive headteacher, said: “We are really excited to be moving into our new school building. “The site is looking great and we can t wait to use the school facilities.’

She added that the children were enthusiastic about the move and already looking forward to the new playground and football pitches.

The first class of reception children was welcomed at the school last September and by 2022 Forge Wood Primary will be an all-through school to serve a new neighbourhood in Crawley, which is being built in four main phases over 12 years.

The new school building has been developed in conjunction with West Sussex County Council and developers Persimmon and Taylor Wimpy.

It was designed by Stride Architects and includes external and internal windows, to bring light to all areas of the school.

State-of-the-art systems offer natural ventilation throughout the building.

Landscaping provides external learning spaces including allotments, wild meadow areas, 3 pitches and a multi use games area for all sports.

Miss Newton said: “The amazing and unique design allows for the latest technology and innovation whilst making the most of the natural resources and local environment.

“Forge Wood Primary is a member of the multi-academy GLF Academy Trust and offers all members the chance to share resources and support in every aspect of school life.

“Establishing a new school within a new and growing community provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders to influence the vision and values of the school as it evolves.”

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Parents Invited to Find Out About New Primary School
Information event takes place at Crawley Library on 17th November
4th November 2015 – Crawley News


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PARENTS are being invited to find out more about a new school which is being built north of Pound Hill Forge Wood Primary will serve the new neighbourhood of Forge Wood, and parents of children due to start reception year next September are invited to attend a drop-in session.

There will be 60 places available for the first year then an additional 60 places each year until there are 60 pupils in each year from reception through to Year 6.

The information event takes place at Crawley Library from 4pm to 6.45pm on Tuesday November 17.

GLF Schools, a multi-academy trust which will run the school, will host the event with staff on hand to answer questions.

The new school building is being built by Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey and will be fully completed in 2017.

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FORGING AHEAD: Forge Wood is being built north of Pound Hill

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First Homes at Forge Wood on The Market
Eager buyers snap up houses on new development
25th March 2015 – Crawley News

Chris Ballinger
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THE first glimpse of what homes in Crawley’s 14th neighbourhood will look like has been revealed as construction on the initial batch of properties nears completion.

Forge Wood

Almost Finished: The homes come in a range of sizes

Forge Wood by Kevin Shaw

New Neighbourhood: Forge Wood will become Crawleys 14th neighbourhood

Developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes officially unveiled Forge Wood last Thursday by showing off the progress being made at the site.

About 80 houses are currently being built – a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes – and every single property put up for sale has already found a buyer.

Residents

The first residents will move into their new homes, which are off Steers Lane, in May and June.

Robert Napier, chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency is not surprised that the homes are proving so popular.

He said: “People are living on granny’s floor or in cramped situations and want their own place to live. The number of homes already reserved at Forge Wood proves there is demand to live here.”

Eventually the new development north of Pound Hill will include 1,900 homes, built over the next 12 to 15 years. This will include 760 “affordable” homes 532 council homes and 228 available through shared equity.

There has been particularly strong interest from people living in Maidenbower who want to move into a larger home.

Chris Heney, development director at Persimmon Homes, said: “This moment has been a long time coming. The first outline planning application was submitted in 1998 and now we have the realisation of bricks and mortar and homes coming.

“Infrastructure work started last July with new junctions and support roads created as well as improvements made to Crawley Avenue.

“There are currently 120 full time jobs on site, including five or six apprentices, and this will increase to 350 jobs.”

The next stage of building will include creating the main neighbourhood centre for Forge Wood.

The proposal is to create two new buildings around a central square with a car park.

One of the buildings will be a three-storey L-shaped structure with retail space on the ground floor and 43 flats above.

The second building will be a two-storey community centre with its own separate car park providing 14 spaces.

Provision will also be made for bus shelters.

Another application is expected to be submitted at some point to create a doctors’ surgery in this area as well.

A primary school is also due to be built and opened by September 2017. There will also be a large playing fields area close to Balcombe Road and parkland south of Steers Lane.

Cycle and public transport links will be created between the neighbourhood and both the rest of Crawley and Gatwick Airport.

  • Two Taylor Wimpey show homes are now open, while a persimmon Homes show home is opening for potential buyers to look around in April.

Residents Expected to Move in Within Months

First Forge Wood Homes are Nearing Completion
25th March 2015 – Crawley Observer
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By Karen Dunn
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Work on the first of 1,900 homes in the town’s new neighbourhood is almost complete.

Developers said demand for the properties in Forge Wood, north of Pound Hill, was high. The neighbourhood – Crawley’s 14th – will be built in four phases over the next 12 years and include 532 council homes.

The first phase includes around 290 homes, with the first residents expected to move in within a few months.

The scheme was brought about through a partnership between the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), Crawley Borough Council (CBC), and developers Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

On Thursday (March 19), Cllr Chris Oxlade and MP Henry Smith joined Chris Heney, of Persimmon Homes, Robert Napier, of HCA, and Chris Carney, of Taylor Wimpey, for a tour of the site.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Cllr Peter Lamb, said: “The development will certainly help towards easing the town’s housing issues and I’m delighted that we’re adding more than 500 homes to the council’s stock.”

MP Henry Smith added: “l welcome this for our borough whose motto is ‘I grow and I rejoice’.”

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Cllr Chris Oxlade, Chris Heney, of Persimmon, Henry Smith MP, Robert Napier, of HCA Chris Carney, of Taylor Wimpey

Traffic Lights for the Forgewood development

Traffic Lights for the Forgewood development
8th March 2015

Please review the following information in the comments and diagram.

Forgewood Plan 08-03-2015

Junction 8 is the closest and potentially the most devastating to Pound Hill North, especially the closes between Grattons and Crawley Avenue. This junction will be a 5 way configuration of traffic lights. These lights are right next to St Annes and the apartments at bottom of St Catherines, very close to St Hilda’s and Oriel.

Most vehicles on Crawley Avenue will be likely to be stopped at these lights with the ensuing pollution coming from cars standing still then accelerating away resuming their journey.

Junction 7 puts traffic lights on all access points to Hazelwick Flyover roundabout.

Junction 9 changes how we access and exit Crawley Avenue from the Balcombe Rd with Junction 14 adding addition lights along the way to Junction 8.

You may also wish to consider the proposed changes at Three Bridges Station which will affect everyone on our alternate route into/from town.

There is also an ongoing activity to monitor air quality along Crawley Avenue (see Air Quality Management Area) it will be interesting to see how we are able to improve air quality with the introduction of so many additional traffic lights.

Looking at the diagram there are 15 traffic lighted controlled junctions including the flyover roundabout (marked as J7 on the diagram), whereas if you added one set of lights for each entrance to the roundabout that will come to 20 new junctions with traffic lights.

North East Sector – Forge Wood

First Forge Wood homes will start to spring up in summer
Council gives go-ahead for first 204 properties
19th March 2014 – Crawley News

Luke Warren
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THE first homes in Crawley’s newest neighbourhood are set to start springing up in the summer.

A planning application for phase 1A, of the Forge Wood development was approved at a Crawley Borough Council planning committee last Monday.

This gives the go-ahead to the building of the first 204 homes out of up to 1,900 which will eventually be constructed on land north of Pound Hill.

The initial work on the neighbourhood, which was previously referred to as the North East Sector will also see the creation of access roads, pavements, cycle paths and open space.

At the committee meeting 13 councillors voted in support of the application with one, Conservative councillor Alan Quirk, voting against the plan.

Problems

Cllr Quirk, who represents Broadfield South, does not feel that some of the houses are big enough and fears the road layout could cause traffic problems.

He said: “The report said some of the houses would be smaller than the council’s norm, as would be some of the gardens.

“The (council) officer said that the affordable housing wouldn’t be affected (by being smaller than normal) but the private housing would be. It would be a case of buyer beware.

“The private housing should meet the same requirements as the affordable housing.”

Having just one main road into the neighbourhood also concerns Cllr Quirk, as he believes this could cause traffic problems.

But Cllr Quirk added that he wasn’t against the Forge Wood development.

He said: “We need the houses. I want to ‘see it get off the ground.”

A total of 59 of the 204 properties approved in the first phase would be affordable homes. Labour councillor Peter Smith, the shadow member for planning and economic development, said: “There is
less than the 40 per cent affordable housing but it was phase 1A that was passed and the subsequent housing at Forge Wood will bring more affordable housing forward.

“It is disappointing as we want to see it as soon as we can, but in the totality of the development there will be the correct allocated level of affordable housing.

“Crawley urgently needs more affordable housing for the people on the waiting list.”

Some 532 of the 1,900 properties planned at Forge Wood will be council houses and 228 will be shared ownership homes.

Houses

APPROVED: How some of the Forge Wood homes will look

Tell us about the school you want

New primary close to Pound Hill
3rd July 2013 – Crawley News
Report by Keith Ballinger

A CONSULTATION on what sort of primary school should be built in Crawley’s soon-to-be-developed North East Sector is under way

The school, in the new neighbourhood north of Pound Hill, will have to cater for 420 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.

Residents are being asked who should run the school, with options including.a parent group, a faith group, an existing school, an academy group or a school with a particular ethos such has Montessori or Steiner schools.

Other preferences to be considered include whether the school should be built in one or two phases, the catchment area, how pupils would get to the site, the date it should open, dedicated provision for children with learning difficulties and disabilities and whether there should be early years and pre-school provision.

The North East Sector will comprise of 1,900 homes and building work will begin early next year, with the first residents moving in by the end of 2014.

In total there will be four phases of building over 12 years.

West Sussex County Council anticipates its primary school having two classes per year group and opening in September 2016.

Peter Evans, the council’s cabinet member for children, said: “The benefit of having a new
school would be school places created nearer to new homes, therefore reducing school journeys.

“New school buildings can be designed to meet current guidance and existing schools would be able to continue without disruption.

Growth

“A new school provides another option to meet further growth in pupil numbers if required and it acts as a focal point for building a new community”

The consultation outlines the disadvantages of opening a new school, which include the fact it would be “untested” compared to established schools with “good track records”.

At a Later date a separate consultation is planned for a primary school in Crawley’s other new neighbourhood, Kilnwood Vale.

There are four primary schools currently serving the north east of the borough.
In 2014 the county council estimates there will be 359 children in the catchment area looking to join these four schools but only 330 spaces available.

Cllr Evans added: “We believe existing schools cannot be easily expanded and that a primary school to serve the new houses should be commissioned as soon as possible in the development.”

The public consultation ends on August 5. In September and October expressions of interest from parties looking to run the school will be sought, based on the feedback from the consultation.

A final decision on who runs the school is expected to be announced by January 2014.
A public drop-in session is taking place this afternoon (Wednesday) at Crawley Library from 4pm to 7pm, where residents can make their views heard.

Anyone wishing to give their views in writing should visit

websitewww.westsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Work set to start on new 1,900-home development

Roads, primary school and health centre in first phase
15th May 2013 – Crawley News
Report by Keith Ballinger

 WORK is about to get under way on building roads and facilities for a new Crawley neighbourhood.

The “North-East Sector”, north of Pound’ Hill, will comprise of 1,900 homes, shops and a primary school when it is eventually finished. And it has been revealed this week that infrastructure work will start in the summer.

This will involve building new access routes, with junctions off Steers Lane to the north and Crawley Avenue to the south.

Work will also begin on the neighbourhood centre Developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon have secured detailed planning approval to construct the infrastructure for the first phase of the development.

Tree clearance work has already been undertaken for the Steers Lane access point, to avoid the bird nesting season.

In the first phase of construction 290 homes will be’ built , 40 per cent of which will be “affordable homes”.

The first residents will have a health centre, primary school, shops and community buildings ready to welcome them.

Claire Denman, Crawley Borough Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic development, believes it is vital to get the facilities built as early as possible.

She said: ‘A major condition of the original outline planning permission was that the neighbourhood would be provided for and self-sufficient.

“These key bits of social infrastructure being in place will be important.”

“Many years ago I remember moving to a new housing estate myself and there was nothing there at all.”

“It felt incredibly isolated and there is absolutely nothing worse than that when you move into a new home.”

Crawley’s 14th neighbourhood, which hasn’t yet been given an official name, will be bordered by Crawley Avenue to the south, Balcombe Road to the east, Steers Lane to the north and the railway line to the west.

The complete development will be built in four phases over 12 years.

More than two thirds of the site will remain as’woodland, while playing fields, a children’s play area and large areas of public open space will be created.

Parkland

Part of the open space will be picturesque parkland, with Gatwick Stream running through it and footbridges installed.

Extensive footpaths and cycle routes linked to existing networks will be built to encourage people to leave their cars at home

Cllr Denman added: “Plans for this new neighbourhood have taken a long time to get to this stage so I’m delighted that work, is soon to start.

“Crawley desperately needs more housing and the infrastructure that goes with a new neighbourhood so this is great news for the town.”

The development was first mooted back in 1998.

But it was not until February 2011 that it was given the go ahead after secretary’ of state for communities Eric Pickles granted outline planning permission.

Detailed plans for the first phase of homes are being finalised and it is anticipated construction of the first homes will commence next year, with residents moving in before the end of 2014.

Artist impression - North East Sector

Moving In: An artist impression of how some of the homes in the development should look

North East Sector Crawley

Public Exhibition of the Proposal

As events detailing Crawley’s new neighbourhood in the north east sector of the town were so successful another one has been organised.

The developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmons will be holdings another public exhibition on:

Tuesday 11 December, 6 – 8.30pm at Milton Mount Community Centre, Pound Hill

Everyone in Crawley, and particularly those who may be interested in the construction phases, are invited to find out more. The developers will be present at the exhibitions to answer any questions about the development.

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1,900-home plan revealed in detail

21st November 2012 – Crawley News

DETAILS about Crawley’s newest neighbourhood have been on display.

Construction of the yet-to-be-named development of 1,900 homes north of Pound Hill, which has been referred to as the North East Sector, is set to start next year.

Representatives from Crawley Borough Council and developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes provided information on the development at two exhibitions last week in County Mall and at Milton Mount Community Centre, in Pound Hill.

First phase

Developers have since said a detailed planning application for the first phase of homes will be submitted by spring 2013. Outline planning permission was granted in February 2011.

In the first phase of construction 290 homes will be built, of which 40 per cent will be affordable housing. It is expected the first residents will move in by the end of next year.

Residents in the town’s 14th neighbourhood will also have a new health centre, primary school, shops and a community building on their doorstep.

Picturesque parkland will be created, with the Gatwick Stream running through it and footbridges installed for access.

New roads will be constructed before building starts, with junctions off Steers Lane to the north, and Crawley Avenue to the south.

Ken Glendinning, from the Homes and Communities Agency, which is working in partnership with the borough council and developers to deliver the scheme, said: ‘As well as contributing to the town’s economic growth, this neighbourhood will include new high-quality homes and community facilities.”

The complete development will be built in four phases over 12 years.

More than two thirds of the site will remain as woodland and public open space, while playing fields, a furnished children’s play area and large areas of public open space will be created.

Although new roads will be built, residents will be encouraged to walk and cycle around the neighbourhood with the construction of an extensive network of footpaths, bridges and cycle routes.

The developers say they have taken into account concerns over how a new neighbourhood will affect the surrounding environment.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “Important areas of the existing woodland are to be retained with minimal loss to important trees within the new neighbourhood.

“The proposal will also provide for new landscaping, mitigation planting and management of eristing and proposed landscaped areas.”

A worry over how animal species currently living on the land will be preserved has also been raised. Developers have pledged to create new habitats for protected species.

The potential need to relocate dormice, reptiles and bats is under consideration.

Being located near Gatwick Airport, the M23, railway lines and Manor Royal means noise issues will need to be dealt with.

Improved

New and improved building fabric will be used in the building process alongside fencing to protect housing areas. Landscaped buffer zones alongside the railway and motorway will be put in place.

A potential flood risk has been highlighted due to the Gatwick Stream and no houses will be built within the floodplain.

Artist’s Impression: illustrations of what homes to be built in the North East Sector housing development could look like and, right, the master plan for the development which will be to the north of Pound Hill

Houses

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