A local man has created a Facebook group calling for “Justice for Taco Bell Crawley”
Samuel Lopez, group admin said;
“I believe it’s so important and critical to make it straight forward and easy for the companies to Invest in Crawley, many numbers of businesses have been forced to close in recent times due to financial hardships leaving many of us unemployed in search of new jobs.
Taco Bell Crawley represents a company, although big and international, choosing to Invest in Crawley.
With all the financial hardship many of us are going through we need to make easier for companies to start up here, to Create Jobs.”
The restaurant was due to open earlier this year but rules around water neutrality for new businesses occupying premises has meant they have not been able to open.
The group can be viewed here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/5047991595289645/?ref=share
A Crawley Borough Council spokesperson said: “We are unable to give planning permission if a development or change of use will increase pressure on water resources. This applies to the parts of Crawley which are supplied by Southern Water (everywhere except Maidenbower, Gatwick Airport and north of Manor Royal), as well as parts of Horsham and Chichester districts.
“Following issue of the Natural England (NE) Position Statement, councils have worked closely with them to find a way forward. This included asking NE to clarify the reasons for issue of the Position Statement and a number of questions relating to the impact of the Position Statement for planning applications. To help address this, and provide clearer information for developers, Natural England has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions. These have been published on council websites to provide further context and assist applicants, along with additional information.
“Development Management teams from all three councils are working to ensure a consistent approach to planning advice and decisions.”
The saga continues…