It is the most wooded area of the country, spans the north and south downs as areas of outstanding natural beauty, and is packed with culture, creativity, first-class education, sport and leisure activities – all of which are increasing in value to attracting and retaining talent as hybrid working becomes the ‘new normal’.
Villages and towns throughout the Gatwick Diamond offer a mixture of traditional old-style homes mixed in with newly-built housing with gardens and garages. Town centres will also offer apartment buildings with a range of one to three bedrooms, often with underground parking. The choice is considerable and we would advise speaking with the Gatwick Diamond Initiative about the type of property preferred so guidance can be given as to where to start. We are used to varied requests – for example, an enquiry from a US investor looking to relocate needed a home that would be suitable for the family’s three cats.
Population growth in the Gatwick Diamond is expected to continue and be above the national and wider South East rates over the next 20 years.
Perfectly located between the North and South Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gatwick Diamond is one of the most spectacular areas of the UK.
Surrey is the most wooded county in Great Britain while much of Mid Sussex – around 60% – is covered by protected landscape designations; it has 13 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and six Nature Reserves. Nearly 50% of the district is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a mediaeval landscape characterised by its ancient woodlands.
The Surrey Hills are a cyclist’s paradise – as seen by millions worldwide during the London 2012 Olympic Games. There is a plethora of golf courses across the area as well as horse racing stadiums including Sandown Park, Kempton Park and Lingfield Park as well as Epsom Downs, home to the world’s greatest flat race, the Derby.
The Gatwick Diamond has a good choice of high-quality state schools and outstanding independent schools, sixth form schools and Further Education Colleges. There is also a Japanese Rikkyo School and several schools offer the International Baccalaureate. The world-renowned ACS Cobham International School, teaching a broad curriculum based on US educational best practice, is on our doorstep.
An Institute of Technology is due to be constructed in Crawley by March 2024, designed to spearhead the delivery of higher technical education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, bring colleges and universities together with employers to equip local economies with a skilled workforce.
The IoT will feature a new £10m state-of-the-art hub at Crawley College, housing engineering and digital ‘Learning Factories’, along with specialist spokes for delivery at locations across the Gatwick Diamond Region
A bid for the IoT has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education and work is underway to finalise plans and timings with the Department for Education.
The project is being led by Chichester College Group alongside the University of Sussex, University of Brighton and North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) – and has the support of many of the region’s businesses including NatWest Group, Gatwick Airport Limited, Roche Diagnostics, Ricardo, Wates Group, Southern Water, Irwin Mitchell, Pearson, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Coast to Capital LEP.
Across the Gatwick Diamond there is an excellent and wide range of shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, parks, sports and leisure centres – and since you’re never more than an hour from London, the capital’s attractions can be easily accessed.
Surrey and Sussex link coast and countryside together, as well as offering thousands of options in between, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a shopaholic, a nature lover or a foodie. A historic and picturesque county, renowned not only as a place to live but also a tourist magnet, the region’s country pubs and charming towns and villages are the gateways to a host of attractions including stately homes, historic castles, theatres, working windmills, a steam railway, flourishing vineyards and family fun including Fishers Adventure Farm Park.
The region also contains some of the world’s most spectacular gardens, including Wakehurst Place, which houses the famous Millennium Seed Bank and High Beeches Gardens which boasts 27 acres of magnificent woodland and water gardens, full of rare, exotic and unusual plants.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 will mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Crawley as a New Town.