New Crawley centre restaurant bid approved

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A bid to open a restaurant at an empty town centre site has been approved.

Crawley Borough Council allowed the change of use of the units in 16-18 Haslett Avenue West from retail to restaurant.

DS Properties’ planning bid was permitted by council officers on Thursday (April 28). A planning document stated: “The proposed change of use is reflective of local commercial demand and is intended to assist in securing new occupiers for the units, which have remained vacant for a considerable period of time.”

Cllr Peter Smith, cabinet member for economic development and planning, said: “We’ve recognised in the local plan and the town centre regeneration programme that we are going to have 1,800 residential units in the town centre. The key implication of that is that it’s changing the area’s shape to have a lot of people actually living in the space rather it being a place that you just go to shop. Business people have spotted this and come to provide the recreation and leisure that residents need.”

The application followed a previous scheme to merge the units and open an Iceland which fell through in 2015.

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