PLANS to build almost 5,000 homes during the next 15 years have been approved.

Crawley’s Local Plan was agreed at a full council meeting last week laying out development plans for the town until 2030.

Half of the area’s proposed homes will be built at the Forge Wood development.

The draft blueprint will be put out for public consultation from September 1 until October 13.

A Government planning inspector is expected to hold an examination next spring.