Crawley Growth Deal

In December 2016, Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council signed an agreement to work together on delivering key strategic projects.

The Crawley Growth Deal identifies a number of key projects which feature in the Crawley Place Plan, which was endorsed by both authorities earlier in the year.

Both councils are focused on these key projects that will create the conditions for economic growth, improve residents’ experience and unlock investment opportunities. These include:

  • Regenerating Crawley town centre
  • A Manor Royal Improvement Programme
  • Closer working with Gatwick Airport including establishing a Gatwick Skills Laboratory to overcome potential skills shortages
  • Work to improve resident skills and employability in the Crawley area

On 21st September 2017, a substantial Local Growth Fund investment of £14.64 million was confirmed by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Company for this significant regeneration programme in Crawley.  The Crawley Growth Programme includes an investment package of infrastructure improvements and physical regeneration designed to support significant increases in new homes, business investment and employment growth.  With further match funding provided by West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council the total costs of the scheme will be £31.412 million. 

Sustainable transport infrastructure and highway upgrades are planned to boost overall transport capacity and enable a significant shift from car usage to bus, rail, cycling and walking alternatives.  In addition, connectivity enhancements at the major railway station of Crawley, Three Bridges and Gatwick will greatly facilitate commuter access to Manor Royal and the town centre via sustainable transport connections.

Crawley town centre and Manor Royal will be transformed to upgrade the quality of both the living and business environment to attract higher quality new jobs and homes.  It will also be a catalyst for significant new Grade A commercial office space in the town centre’s ‘Eastern Gateway’ and for a new business and jobs growth hub.  The whole programme will provide 7,000 new jobs, 135,000 square metres of refurbished floor space and 1,000 new homes.