Regeneration plans for part of the town centre have been scrapped.
A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council today (Tuesday June 10) announced the Town Centre North redevelopment project would not go ahead.
The project included plans to pedestrianise The Boulevard and demolish the Poundland store in Queens Square to create a direct route for shoppers from County Mall to The Boulevard.
The spokesman said the local authority and Stanhope plc had agreed not to take the plans forward.
Stanhope plc was selected to bring forward a retail-led development in 2012. But emphasis was shifted to leisure instead.
The council spokesman put the change down to ‘continued uncertainty’ in the retail market and admitted challenges remained despite the change of tack.
David Covill, director of Development & Resources at the borough council said: “The Stanhope team have shown great commitment to the town and we are grateful for their work.
“Our focus at the moment is on reinvigorating existing areas of the town centre, including £3m public investment in Queens Square, to complement over £60m of private sector investment over the last two years.”
Martyn Chase, who works on retail development at Stanhope, said: “Crawley has huge potential to improve the retail and leisure offer and we have appreciated working with the officers and members to bring the project forward.”