Westrock – the council’s development partner – has already gained planning consent for 91 flats on the car park to the west of the town hall.
The planning approval marks a crucial milestone in the council project, which will see the demolition of the existing town hall in two phases and the creation of:
- a new nine-storey building housing the new town hall and commercial office space
- up to 182 new flats in one block
- a restaurant/café under the block of flats
- a new public square
Across both sites, there will be 40% affordable housing units.
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The existing town hall will remain the council’s administrative centre until the new building is ready to be moved into.
The demolition of part of the current town hall building – which will make way for the new building – is expected to start later this year.
Councillor Andrew Skudder, cabinet member for resources at Crawley Borough Council, said that this was a big step for the council towards improving facilities for staff, customers and councillors.
“The new town hall will provide a significantly improved welcome and customer service experience for visitors.
“The overall scheme also brings forward another major regeneration project in the town centre.
“With Queens Square completed and Queensway, Eastern Gateway and Station Gateway coming forward, these are exciting times for the town.”