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Residents are being asked for their views on plans for a major redevelopment in the town centre.

The proposals for land at the eastern end of The Boulevard will see the current Town Hall replaced with a new Town Hall with grade A commercial offices for rent to help fund local services, a new public square and public realm improvements. The neighbouring two-storey car park also makes way for the masterplan proposal.

The proposals also include around 275 homes in two residential blocks, one of which has ground floor commercial retail, and the infrastructure for a district heating network. At least 40 per cent of the housing on site will be affordable and the council’s allocations policy prioritises these units for long-standing residents. The Town Hall multi-storey car park will remain and will be upgraded under these proposals.

Crawley Borough Council and developer Westrock want to hear what residents think of the plans before the planning application is submitted.

Designs, artist’s impressions and plans will be available to comment on at exhibitions and online at www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/townhallsite until 31 July.

Manned exhibition time and dates are:

  • Town Hall foyer, Tuesday 4 July, 11am-2pm
  • County Mall (ground floor, outside Boots), Saturday 8 July, 10am-2pm
  • County Mall (ground floor, outside Boots), Monday 17 July, 11am-3pm
  • Town Hall foyer, Monday 24 July, 10am-1pm

 

Public consultation displays will be in the:

  • Town Hall foyer, 3 July, 11am-5pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 4-7 July, 9am-5pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 10-12 July, 9am-5pm
  • K2 Crawley foyer, 13-16 July, 8am-8pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 18-31 July, 9am-5pm.

 

Town centre stakeholders, council staff and councillors are also being given their chance to give their views on the proposals.

The outline agreement between the council and developer Westrock was agreed by councillors in February.

The new facilities will transform a major town centre opportunity site, providing around 100 affordable housing units while securing the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants.

A new Town Hall will also provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for staff, customers and councillors and achieve significant savings on the council’s current running costs.

The council will look to incorporate key elements of the existing building in the new Town Hall to retain vital links with the past while preparing for the future.

If these plans go ahead the current Town Hall will remain the council’s administrative centre until the new building is ready to move into.

Councillor Andrew Skudder, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “This will be one of the most important planning applications to be considered by the council so I urge as many people as possible to tell us what they think.

“All comments received will be considered before the planning application is submitted.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “This scheme will enable the council to work more efficiently and provide much-needed affordable housing, while generating new income for services and helping to improve the appearance, economic vitality and environmental-friendliness of the town centre.

“We want this scheme to do as much good for Crawley as possible and you can help us to ensure we don’t miss anything out.”

The planning application is expected to be submitted at the end of July and, if approved, demolition of part of the existing Town Hall complex – to make way for the new building – would begin in spring 2018.

Construction of the new Town Hall would begin in summer 2018, with the first phase of housing already underway, and would be expected to be completed in summer 2020.

The construction of the second phase of housing would begin in autumn 2020 and be completed in summer 2022.

For more information on regeneration in Crawley visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk

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Get ready, Krispy Kreme is coming to Crawley

Krispy Kreme is set to open a sweet new store at County Mall, Crawley – opening at 10am on the 25th June – you dough-not want to miss it!

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The store, shaped just like the iconic doughnut dozen box, will open its ‘lid’ to customers in Crawley just in time for them to get their hands on the much-loved sweet treats this summer.

To celebrate the grand opening, Krispy Kreme has planned an opening day jam-packed with fun for Crawley’s doughnut fans. To kick off the festivities, the first, second and third in line will be rewarded with extra special prizes, and to put the glazing on top, the first dozen in line will also receive exclusive Krispy Kreme goodies! 

Krispy Kreme’s very own buzz-wire will also be at the store on opening morning, giving customers the chance to win freshly baked, tasty treats… if they have a steady hand!

Bringing a ‘hole’ new look to the Krispy Kreme retail experience, the all-new box store will give Krispy Kreme fans joy-filled moments every time they visit. There will be sixteen varieties of sweet treats on offer at  the County Mall, Crawley store, from the iconic Original Glazed, to the melt-in-the-mouth Lotus Caramelised Biscoff. There’s a freshly-made treat to suit every taste bud!

Craig Evans, UK new store openings manager at Krispy Kreme, said:

”We can’t wait to meet Krispy Kreme fans at our new store at County Mall, Crawley – we know fans have been calling for a store in the area for some time, so we’re really looking forward to opening day.

“We’re all about sharing the magic at Krispy Kreme, so to celebrate the opening we’ll be dishing out hundreds of complimentary doughnuts across the local area in the lead up to the opening…shoppers and doughnut lovers, keep your eyes peeled – we will see you there!”

The new store at County Mall, Crawley is the fifth Krispy Kreme store to open its doors in 2019.

Like us on Facebook ‘Krispy Kreme UK’, follow us onTwitter@krispykremeUK & Instagram ‘KrispyKremeUK’, for more news on the upcoming opening.

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