Manor Royal BID welcomes new developments
Plans to transform the former Thales site in Manor Royal have been approved by Crawley Borough Council.
The council's development control committee gave Surrey County Council the green light to develop three buildings to provide offices, a restaurant, retail and café together with associated car parking and landscaping on the Gatwick Road site, which has been vacant for four years.
The planning authority for Crawley has also rubber stamped plans for Elekta's new multi-million pound Cornerstone centre of excellence.
The new Cornerstone building will allow Elekta to continue its long history of developing world-beating cancer treatments and allow the company to employ more people in Crawley.
The new Cornerstone facility will be built adjacent to Elekta's existing site on Manor Royal and will be an international hub celebrating radiotherapy excellence.
Elekta hopes the centre of excellence will put Crawley on the world map with a landmark at the entrance to Manor Royal that is sensitive to its surroundings while remaining sustainable and efficient.
Steve Sawyer, Manor Royal BID Executive Director, said: "I'm really pleased that Crawley Borough Council has approved these important applications.
"The approval of Elekta's plan, secures the investment of a world-leading company for many years to come with the skilled workforce and local supply chain that comes with them, while creating a high quality development at one of Manor Royal's main gateways.
"In the Surrey County Council application we see a long-term vacant site brought into active use with one occupier already lined up and an investor keen to attract new occupiers, whether this be new companies or existing ones looking to expand.
"These approvals are great news for Manor Royal and a sign of confidence in the area."