17 October 2016

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is supportive of Crawley Borough Council’s further actions in relation to removing permitted development rights on Manor Royal Business District.

The Direction has been made in response to a new permitted development right that has been introduced to take effect on 1st October 2017, which would allow the change of use of buildings from light industrial (Class B1c) use to residential (Class C3).

There is significant concern from the Council and Manor Royal BID that an unplanned introduction of residential uses into Manor Royal through prior approval would undermine the employment function of the business district, both through the loss of business premises and also by introducing an amenity sensitive use which is not compatible with a working main employment area. When in force, the Article 4 Direction will remove this permitted development right, meaning that planning permission would be required in Manor Royal where a change of use is proposed from light industrial (Class B1c) to residential (Class C3) use.

The Council has chosen to pursue a non-immediate Article 4 direction, which is subject to a 12 month notification period, including a statutory consultation period. Notification letters have been sent to all Manor Royal businesses, as well as neighbouring authorities, business groups, land agents, and the Council has invited comments between 10th October 2016 and 16th January 2017.

All feedback received will be considered by the Council in reaching a decision on whether to confirm the Direction. Subject to consideration of the feedback received, it is intended that the Direction will come into force on 16th October 2017.

Details of the Article 4 Direction and consultation materials can be viewed at

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