Council makes moves to protect employment areas

New moves to protect Crawley’s  major employment areas from inappropriately-located housing have been made by the Borough Council, following changes to permitted development rights.

Currently, office, light industrial and warehouse premises cannot be converted to housing without planning permission.

The council adopted Article 4 directions in February 2021 however, Government changes meant that measures had to be taken to continue protecting employment land from being turned into housing.

 Notification was sent to businesses within the identified Main Employment Areas, as well as neighbouring authorities, business groups, land agents and other stakeholders.