Crawley council refuses Gatwick School’s planning bid

Two NatWest branches will close in November
Two NatWest branches will close in November

Councillors have refused to give permanent planning permission for Gatwick School.

Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee today (Monday August 3) rejected the bid for the free school in Gatwick Road.

Tim McCarthy, CEO of Crawley Free School Trust, which runs the school, said: “We fully intend to now apply for a temporary permitted use so we can reassure parents that we will be open for business in September while we continue to work with highways officers so that we can find permanent solutions for the remaining issues.”

The school opened in September 2014 under one year of permitted development rights.

Councillors refused the application to permanently change the use of the building from offices to a school by eight votes to five.

Members were recommended to refuse the application.

The county council had raised parking and traffic concerns.

More to follow.

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