The coalition government’s change to the planning rules is starting to show results in Crawley.
In 2013 the need to apply for permission to convert offices to residential flats was removed and we have seen a rush by developers to take advantage of the three year window.
The former Pelham Place offices & workshops by the petrol station in Broadfield has been renamed Orchid Court and converted to a development of 28 two bedroom maisonettes. The first properties to be released have all been let this week and we have a list of applicants waiting for the remainder to be completed.
We shall soon be marketing the former offices above the town centre shops in the Queensway, opposite Marks & Spencer (pictured). This development will bring 10 flats to the market and will see people living right in the heart of Queens Square in Crawley town centre which previously only offered retail & office space.
In addition to people moving into the town centre – they could also be taking up residence on Crawley Industrial Estate. The former First Choice House at Manor Royal looks set to be converted into a development of 80 flats, bringing another of Crawley’s empty office blocks back into use.