Transformative Redevelopment Plans Unveiled for Crawley Station Gateway

22 February 2016

The Arora Group (“Arora” or the “Group”) is pleased to announce proposals for a high-quality development on the site of the Overline House office building and Crawley railway station.

Plans announced for new gateway development include:
o   Completely new station entrance, ticket hall, footbridges and multi-storey car park
o   Improved bus station and enhanced, greener landscaping
o   Coffee shop / retail kiosk and a small start-up business hub
o   308 residential units
o   Changes to roads and a revised layout, improving pedestrian connectivity and cyclist safety
The scheme promises to transform the Crawley station gateway area into an attractive, inviting and safe environment, truly reflecting the town’s opportunities as a place to live and work.
The plans include a new, modern station building witha completely new station entrance, ticket hall, footbridges and multi-storey car park. The development will also have a coffee shop / retail kiosk and a small start-up business hub, all designed to support Crawley Borough Council’s ambition to create a network of business hubs and enable small and start-up enterprises in the town.
A new station plaza designed with an attractive and pedestrian friendly space in front of the station and taxi stands with drop-off and pick-up bays.  Changes to the roads propose a revised layout to the junction where Station Way and Friary Way meet, improving pedestrian connectivity and cyclist safety. There will also be an improved bus station and enhanced, greener landscaping. 
The site is jointly owned by the Arora Group and Network Rail, who have been working for over two years on planning this scheme, which also includes 308 residential units being a mixture of studios, one and two bedroom apartments.  The new accommodation has been designed to appealto Crawley’s young professionals and those looking to take advantage of the town’s excellent employment opportunities and public transport links to London and the coast.
Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of the Arora Group said:
“I’m very excited to announce our Crawley gateway major improvements proposal, which plans to deliver new station buildings, improvements to the surrounding public areas and significant residential opportunities for Crawley.
“We look forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and the residents of Crawley on this transformative development”
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:
“This proposal has real potential to be a great example of the council working with the private sector to encourage the right kind of regeneration in the town centre – helping to create an environment which is modern, attractive and safe, providing good links from the station to the town centre, particularly for people walking, riding bikes and catching public transport. We really keen to know what you think of the concepts and what you do and don’t want to see in this part of town.”
Consultation details:
The Arora Group is keen to hear your views to ensure the impressive development meets the needs of as many people as possible.  The public consultations begin this week with briefings to Crawley councillors, key stakeholders and local residents. 
Outline plans will be on display at Crawley Railway Station on Thursday 11 February between 4.30pm and 7pm and in County Mall shopping centre from 11.00am – 4.00pm on both Friday 19  February and Saturday 20 February, and.  A link to the consultation website is available via the Council website.
All feedback received will be shared with the Council and will be assessed fully before a planning application is submitted to Crawley Borough Council.  All responses are requested by Monday 14 March 2016.
An online link to the consultation documents and to comment online is available at on 10 February at 10.00am.
Further detailed designs will be developed following public feedback.
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