Crawley pub to be demolished and replaced along with flats and shops

Imperial Pub, Crawley
Imperial Pub, Crawley

Plans to demolish the Imperial pub, in Broadfield, have been put before Crawley Borough Council’s planning committee for the third time.

The application, from Metropol Homes Limited, sought permission to replace the pub with a five-storey building consisting of 19 flats, another pub and two shops.

Approved development to replace the Imperial Pub, in Crawley. Image: appleby-architects.com

Approved development to replace the Imperial Pub, in Crawley. Image: appleby-architects.com

The council had essentially already permitted the application – first on October 9 2017 and again on July 30 – but failure to complete a Section 106 legal agreement both times meant it had to be returned to the committee.

A Section 106 agreement requires developers to make a financial contribution to the local infrastructure.

In the case of the Imperial development, the money will be used to pay for tree planting, the provision of affordable housing and to ensure the long-term viability of the proposed pub.

The agreement was completed on October 30 and the application was approved for the third and final time on Tuesday (November 20).