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Planning permission needed for housing on Manor Royal

Crawley Borough Council’s attempt to stop offices and storage and distribution warehouses in the Manor Royal Business District being converted to housing without planning permission has been successful.

The removal of permitted development rights, which allow the conversion from certain property uses to housing without planning permission, follows concerns raised by the council and business community that residential development in Manor Royal is having a negative impact on its operation as a main employment area.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 09:15

Queens Square developer commits to Crawley

Queens Square developer, Blakedown Landscapes Ltd, has joined a growing list of companies in signing up to Crawley Borough Council’s Developer Partner Charter.

Blakedown Landscapes Ltd — a multi award-winning landscaping and civil engineering company — was appointed as the contractor for Queens Square in May after a tendering process which began at the start of this year.

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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:30

Green Light for Station Gateway Development

Outline plans to demolish Overline House and transform Crawley Railway Station and the surrounding area have been granted by Crawley Borough Council*.

The council’s Planning Committee approved The Arora Group’s outline application on July 4 2016 which is set to see the area, known as Station Gateway, completely transformed in a residential led regeneration scheme.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:45

Major new store announces opening date

The hoardings have been removed as the brand new Decathlon store in Queens Square takes shape.

Europe’s largest sports retailer, a family-owned business from Lille in France, will open in the former Body Shop, Sussex Stationers and Next building at 5pm on 13 October.

Decathlon works closely with the local sports clubs, schools and other community groups, often offering opportunities for free sports equipment through competitions and their charitable foundations.

Decathlon store in Queens Square Crawley
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Friday, June 24, 2016 - 07:45

Potential regeneration of key town centre site

Proposals to regenerate a key town centre site to provide around 200 homes and a new Town Hall are being developed. 

Westrock, owners of the two-storey car park next door to the Town Hall, has proposed a redevelopment of its car park and the Town Hall site. 

This redevelopment would include around 200 homes in three blocks and a new, approximately 60,000 square foot Town Hall to include office and civic space. The Town Hall multi-storey car park would remain under these proposals. 

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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 09:00

Retail park nears completion

A new Manor Royal retail park housing three major shops is nearing completion – with the first tenant set to open in September.

Acorn Retail Park, in Betts Way near County Oak, will become home to Aldi, Marks and Spencer Simply Food and Smyths Toys later this year and is expected to provide hundreds of jobs for local people.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:15

Facelift for empty shopfront

The Queens Square regeneration programme is due to commence this summer.

Whilst the regeneration is underway, Crawley Borough Council is taking steps to enhance the existing space and also attract businesses to the area.

There are a number of empty commercial properties in the town centre that could benefit from a facelift making them more attractive to let.

The latest retail unit to be given a boost is the former Dorothy Perkins and Burton shopfront in Queens Square.

Councillor Peter Smith
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:15

New home for town centre artwork

The Martlets Tree sculpture has been unveiled outside Crawley Library.

The sculpture, which had resided in Queens Square since 1999, has moved to its new home to make way for the regeneration of Queens Square to take place and provide a more appropriate location for the artwork.

The sculpture was cleaned and repaired off-site before being relocated outside the library on Southgate Avenue.

It celebrates the heraldic origin of the Martlets, which feature in the town’s coat of arms, and includes more than 100 tiny Martlet birds.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:45

Contractors appointed for Queens Square regeneration

Queens Square’s multi-million pound facelift is set to start work very soon following the appointment of the main construction contractor.

Blakedown Landscapes won the bid for work following a tender process which began in January.

The £3.2m scheme, which will regenerate the public space at the heart of the town centre, is being jointly funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 09:30

Decathlon coming to Crawley

Europe’s largest sports retailer is set to open its first Crawley store in Queens Square in the summer.

Decathlon, a family owned business which opened its first store in Lille, France, in 1976, will be taking over the former Body Shop and adjacent units in June.

The store, which is growing in the UK and Asia but already a ‘go to’ brand in France and Spain, offers high quality Decathlon brand products for 70 sports over two floors.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:15