Burgess Hill is at the heart of the county’s second growth deal between the district and county councils as it has been identified as having significant growth potential in West Sussex.
West Sussex County Council and Mid Sussex District Council have both signed a new growth deal, the Burgess Hill Growth Programme, which details specific projects all to be progressed within the next five years.
Partnership working will support the delivery of the projects and shared priorities to improve economic growth.
This latest agreement follows the launch of the Crawley Growth Deal in December - the county’s first district deal - between West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council.
Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, said: “Both of us agree that there is a real and exciting opportunity in Burgess Hill to create new housing, jobs and rejuvenate the town centre. Together we are going to seize this chance and work alongside other agencies to get the best outcome for our residents.
“We want to demonstrate our commitment to delivering these improvements together which is why we have taken our time and developed a considerable growth plan with key projects.”
A programme has been developed to cover key development areas, including:
• Regeneration of the town centre with the NewRiver Retail development providing new homes, jobs, a library, a multiplex cinema, a hotel and family restaurants
• To provide in excess of 3,000 homes and significant employment space at the Northern Arc by 2030 with key infrastructure including schools, roads, community facilities and public transport
• To establish The Burgess Hill Science Park creating 4,000 new jobs
Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, Garry Wall, said: “There are already some great developments underway in Mid Sussex and private sector confidence in the future of the town is high which can be seen through recent investments by NewRiver Retail and American Express. We now want to build on that to make the district even stronger.
“The agreed growth programme totals investments of around £1billion which will largely be delivered by the private sector so, together with the County Council, we will work with these companies to ensure that infrastructure is planned holistically, funded and delivered at the appropriate time.”
Other priorities outlined in the programme are:
• Enhancements to A2300 costing in the region of £23.2m
• An ambitious and coordinated public transport strategy as part of a sustainable transport package
• New primary and secondary schools to serve the future demand
Leader of Burgess Hill Town Council, Councillor Andrew Barrett-Miles, added: “I welcome this significant step in the realisation of the Town Council's Town-Wide Strategy. The two councils agreeing to work together means that there will be commitment and drive to deliver this extremely ambitious project and ensure that our town will get the facilities and infrastructure it deserves."
West Sussex County Council is currently working with other districts to develop similar district deals.