One of the most significant areas for growth potential in West Sussex is at Burgess Hill, attracting significant public and private sector investment.
Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council are working in partnership, supported by the government and Homes England, to deliver shared priorities and ambitions for an economic growth programme that will see new housing, jobs and a rejuvenated town centre for the area.
The Growth Deal focuses on development and infrastructure that complements development already underway within the wider Burgess Hill Growth Programme, attracting continued investment in the town, and agreed priorities that support the wider growth and regeneration of the town as detailed in the Burgess Hill website.
Town centre regeneration
The District and County Council are working with New River Retail to deliver a prosperous and vibrant town centre including:
- £65m investment to regenerate the town into a vibrant, growing and attractive destination for businesses, residents and visitors
- 142 new homes, 380 new jobs and 13,000sq.m of employment space
- a modern shopping centre, including multiplex cinema, hotel and family restaurants
- delivery of a new, modern library providing access to a range of services and information.
The town centre regeneration will meet the demands of existing and new residents, attracting investment, including improvements to public transport and high quality access for non-car modes of travel, as well as supporting the local economy.
The redevelopment of a centrally located site providing the opportunity to develop a combined centre which will be occupied by blue light services, for example, police, fire and, in some cases, ambulance (Blue Light Centre), as well as starter homes and a public services hub in a prominent town centre location.
Through One Public Estate the District and County Councils are developing a master plan and delivery strategy to deliver efficient integrated services through a shared-use site.
Strategic site suitable for providing up to 3,500 homes and 50,000sq.m of business space together with:
- sports and community facilities
- new roads
- sustainable transport measures.
The infrastructure delivery strategy for the Northern Arc would coordinate with consented development sites to the east to secure integration with the town centre.
Science and Technology Park
A 100 acre site capable of delivering 100,000sq.m of office/light industry/research and development space with good access to the town centre, sustainable transport and principal transport corridors. The site would meet the potential knowledge-based property demand and help create more sustainable communities in Mid Sussex, improving job prospects within the district and reducing the need for commuting.
The strategic growth planned for Burgess Hill will be supported by the timely delivery of infrastructure, including the widening of the existing A2300 to provide a dual carriageway link between the town’s principal highway routes and the A23 to the west.
The A2300 will ensure sufficient highway capacity to meet the needs of the town and provide high quality access, cycle and bus connections to the Science and Technology Park.
Town centre sustainable transport package
The infrastructure being delivered through wider development in Burgess Hill will be supported by additional town centre sustainable transport measures. These will complement existing services within the town centre to ensure key town centre sites, such as retail areas and railway stations, benefit from high quality access for non-car modes of travel.
To meet the forecast demands associated with the planned housing growth, a schools' infrastructure and delivery strategy will secure the construction of two new primary schools and one new secondary school linked to the development of the Northern Arc.