One of our residents asked Homes England this question and here is their reply (shared with permission):
Thank you for your email. I hope you are well and safe.
We understand concerns over the impact of Covid-19 on the West of Ifield proposals. As the development of the new neighbourhoods will take over 30 years to complete, the situation will have developed in that time and should not have a long-term impact on the delivery of the new neighbourhoods and employment opportunities.
The employment opportunities from the new neighbourhoods will not just come from Gatwick Airport but there will also be opportunities for a range of jobs created close to the new homes such as jobs in the new schools, shops and community facilities. We will work with the Coast to Capital LEP, major employers and local development teams to identify and support employment opportunities in the area.