Re the status of our application to Crawley Borough Council (CBC) for permanent planning approval

We are writing to give you an update as to the status of our planning application.

As you will be aware, our original application was rejected in 2015 by CBC’s Planning Committee and a second application has been lodged that we feel addresses the six reasons for rejection given by the Councillors to our first application.  We were hopeful that this second application would, by now, have been considered by the Planning Committee, however due to the change of timing to the end of the secondary school day (following the consultation process last academic year) there will be a further delay to it reaching the Committee stage because we have to conduct some further surveys to analyse data about how the change might affect the car park operation at the end of the school day.  Obviously these surveys can only be conducted when all of the students are back at school (i.e. from this week onwards). Although this further delay may seem frustrating, it is vital that we present data in our application that is as accurate and up-to-date as possible, before it gets to the Committee stage itself.

Notwithstanding the analysis of data, it is also vital for all parents and students to play their part in making sure that our drop-off and pick-up arrangements are as safe and effective as possible and that they do not impact negatively on the already congested roads in and around Manor Royal Business Park. At the end of the last academic year, Mr Roessler issued a letter to parents outlining the car park arrangements (*) and therefore we must insist that parents adhere to these rules because there is no doubt that the safe operation of our car park (particularly in the afternoons) will be one of the determining factors as to whether or not our new application is successful.

(*) A copy of the letter outlining the arrangements can be found here.

Thank you for your continued support of The Gatwick School.

With our very best wishes

Yours sincerely,

The senior leadership team