A master plan supplied by planning consultant Anthony Minoprio would guide the Corporations work. The energy and enthusiasm of its chairman Thomas Bennett helped it meet many of its targets early and its assets passed to the Commission for New Towns in that year, they are now owned privately or by the local authority, Crawley Borough Council. The Corporation was based at Broadfield House, a 19th-century villa in the south of the town, professionals and specialists from many fields were employed, architects, engineers, designers, legal and financial experts were all involved during its 15-year existence. A committee headed by Bennett took overall charge and this was of great concern to West Sussex and East Sussex county councils, and the national government was also aware of the problem. Meanwhile, the government was making several proposals which together paved the way for the concept of New Towns. Patrick Abercrombies Greater London Plan of 1944 proposed taking 1 1⁄2 million residents out of London, one third were to be rehoused in ten new towns in a ring about 25 miles from the city. In 1945, Lord Reith and his committee described how these towns would be developed, they were intended to be self-contained and balanced communities for work, on 10 July 1946, Silkin met officers from the various local authorities that governed the Crawley area. In October 1946, Lewis Silkin set up a committee to run the affairs of the proposed Crawley New Town. In February 1947, shortly after the designation of New Town status. The national government would finance it as required through 60-year loans and it would be responsible for all the houses it built, in terms of both maintenance and finance, it could provide subsidies and charge rents as it saw fit. Governance was outside the Corporations remit, Crawley Urban District Council, when the Corporation was created in February 1947, its chairman was Sir Wilfred Lindsell. He asked town planner Thomas Wilfred Sharp to prepare a master plan. Within months, both men had left the Corporation, Lindsell was considered not dynamic enough by Lewis Silkin, local historian Peter Gwynne described this as an extraordinary decision which was never properly explained. Anthony Minoprio was appointed as consultant planner instead, by June 1947 he had prepared a new plan and Silkin had taken on a new chairman. Also in 1947, the Corporation acquired Broadfield House, originally a 19th-century villa in extensive grounds, the building was used as a country club until its closure in that year. The Corporation had already decided to operate temporarily from London while searching for suitable premises in Crawley, when the building came on the market in late 1947, the Corporation bought it, refitted it and on 23 August 1948 opened it as its headquarters. Ancillary buildings were put up in the grounds in mid-1949. W, passold, D. Bolton, Mr Lewis and Alderman James Marshall. Dame Caroline Haslett, educated locally, was an electrical engineer and writer
Crawley Development Corporation used Broadfield House, a 19th-century villa, as its headquarters
The public inquiry into Crawley's New Town designation took place at the Montefiore Institute in November 1946; meanwhile, the committee which became the Development Corporation had already been formed.