Council turns down brownfield site bid

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Crawley councillors refused planning permission to a developer to build homes and offices on a brownfield site.

The Development Control Committee rejected RDjW Architects’s proposals to develop land behind 24 Brighton Road, Southgate, on Monday (March 2).

The developer proposed to build 14 apartments with a gym and sauna for residents, offices and to alter nearby parking spaces.

It submitted a similar bid for the site, which was turned down on appeal in December 2013. The Planning Inspector raised concerns over office workers in Gleneagles Court being able to look into the proposed flats.

A spokesman for the developer at the meeting said the problem had been fixed in its latest application.

Cllr Ian Irvine (Lab, Broadfield North), arguing for the bid’s approval, said: “I’m quite passionate about this because I think this is a brownfield site and they don’t come much browner than this.”

But Cllr Stephen Joyce (Lab, Langley Green) said: “It’s the same thing and I think really that the applicant is taking the mickey out of the council and taking the mickey out of us by coming back with same thing again.”