Bid to replace Crawley Homebase with five ‘bulky goods’ shops

Proposed site
Proposed site

A planning bid has been made to demolish the Homebase store and garden centre in Crawley to make way for five new retailers.

British Land Retail Warehouses Ltd proposed units selling ‘bulky goods’ and 21 new car parking spaces in the site, in Crawley Avenue, West Green.

Crawley Borough Council registered the plans today (Monday October 26).

Its Development Control Committee will determine the application at a meeting proposed on January 25 2016.

A letter from the developer’s agent, Montagu Evans, stated Homebase’s freehold lease was due to expire in December.

A planning document stated the tenants could not be named due to commercial confidentiality but would be similar to: Barker and Stonehouse, SCS, Oak Furniture lane, Dunelm, Furniture Village, Wren Kitchens and Sofaworks.

The units would have 9,391 square metres of floorspace including a mezzanine. The parking spaces would be in front of the units. An existing public footpath around a proposed service yard would be diverted.

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