New Crawley Aldi, M&S and toy store get green light


An Aldi supermarket, M&S Simply Food store and Smyths Toys store will be built in County Oak.

Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee granted T&L Crawley LLP planning permission to develop a site in Betts Way, Langley Green, on Monday (March 2).

Cllr Ian Irvine (Lab, Broadfield North) said the development near the A23 London Road between Crawley and Gatwick was a good use of land.

He said Crawley people would want to have the retailers in town and added: “It would enhance the shopping opportunities in Crawley rather than cause damage to them.”

The retailers would share a building in the 1.27 hectare site, under the plans.

A car park with 180 spaces and access from Betts Way roundabout would be created.

The two-storey building will be 100m long and 45m wide.

The council granted permission subject to the developer ensuring the site always has at least three separate retail units, excluding ‘ancillary concession units’.

The discount supermarket, Aldi, will have 1,517 square metres of floor space.

M&S Simply Food will have 1,581 and Smyths Toys 1,822.

Gatwick Diamond Initiative (GDI) objected to the plan.

A council document stated GDI wanted the committee to wait for a decision to be made about the potential second runway at Gatwick Airport.

GDI raised concerns over a lack of industrial space in Manor Royal, increased traffic congestion from shoppers, damage to the town centre’s economy and, contrary to Manor Royal Business Improvement District’s plans, online ‘click and collect’ shopping would not improve trade in County Oak.