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Crawley Homebase at risk of demolition

Homebase sign angled

PROPOSALS to close Homebase in Crawley and knock down the site to create space for five new retailers have been put forward to the council.

British Land Retail Warehouses Ltd has today (Monday, October 26) submitted plans to Crawley Borough Council to demolish Homebase and its garden centre, off Crawley Avenue in West Green.

The application then includes building five new retail units and creating 21 car park spaces.

The plans have been put forward because the lease for Homebase is expiring in December.

A report included with the application states British Land Retail Warehouses Ltd is in "advance negotiations" with "bulky goods" retailers to fill the possible stores.

The report states: "For reasons of commercial confidentially, at this stage we are not in a position to name specific tenants.

"However, we confirm that British Land are in discussions with a range of retailers of predominantly bulky goods not currently represented in Crawley to occupy the proposed development."

The application adds the type of retailers being considered include Barker and Stonehouse, SCS, Oak Furniture Land, Dunelm, Furniture Village, Wren Kitchens and Sofaworks.

Designs for what the new site could look like have been revealed.

Crawley Borough Council's development control committee are due to decide on the plans at a meeting on January 25.

Source : C Ballinger –

27 October 2015

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