1. What economic benefits will Burgess Hill see?
The proposals for Burgess Hill will create 15,000 new jobs in the local area, including jobs in the construction sector and 2,500 jobs at a new Science & Technology Park located south of the A2300 on the western edge of the town. The plans will also see the delivery of 25 hectares of new employment space, bringing new opportunities to the area and helping existing businesses to expand as a result.
This will be supported by full-fibre digital infrastructure to help established and new businesses grow in Burgess Hill. At the same time, the £65m investment in the town centre will bring enhanced levels of retail space with big name retailers; as well as restaurants and bars to boost the night-time economy.
Taken together, these proposals will not only retain existing employment but also make Burgess Hill a centre for high quality employment for the wider area and enable sustainable economic growth.
2. How likely is it that a Science & Technology Park will come to Burgess Hill?
Burgess Hill's new Science & Technology Park will be the first in the Local Economic Partnership area. With four universities and a wide range of graduates living and working in the region, the town is perfectly placed to create a new science park as part of the high-tech business corridor to the west of the town. This will help to boost the area's credentials for creative and high technology industries and support research and development.
3. How many jobs will the regeneration of Burgess Hill deliver?
The regeneration of Burgess Hill will deliver 15,000 new jobs, including 5,000 jobs in the construction sector. The proposed Science & Technology Park will see 50% of new jobs earmarked for graduates and will be supported by high-tech full fibre infrastructure.