Levelling Up Fund bid
Mid Sussex District Council is leading a £14 million bid to the Government’s new Levelling Up Fund to support the regeneration of Burgess Hill Town Centre.
The bid focusses on three interrelated investments which would add significant value to the vitality and viability of the town centre and the wider area:
- To stimulate the revitalisation of The Martlets Shopping Centre
- Sustainable transport improvements and public realm upgrades
- To provide a new Digital Hub to support local businesses.
The Governments Levelling Up Fund is available to provide infrastructure that improves everyday life for people in the UK, supporting town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects and cultural and heritage assets. Overall, the Mid Sussex bid of £14m will leverage £41m of private sector funding, create over 1,000 jobs and secure vital sustainable transport improvement with consequent environmental benefits.
Martlets Shopping Centre: A successful LUF bid would speed up and unlock the redevelopment of the town centre, which has been severely tested as a result of the pandemic compounding existing retail trends and values. It will enable the comprehensive redevelopment of the site to deliver new homes, new commercial floorspace (creating 650 jobs), new retail, leisure and hotel provision. A significant capital commitment to the revitalisation of Burgess Hill town centre has already been demonstrated by the developer, including funding the demolition of the old gas holder, which is now the site of a new Lidl store on Leylands Road, and the provision of an award-winning library in the town centre for West Sussex County Council. Over £2m of private investment has been spent so far.
Sustainable transport and public realm improvements: The LUF bid would enable 4,500sq m of public realm and sustainable transport improvements to support access to the town centre for the growing population with resulting reduction in carbon emissions.
Digital Hub: A successful LUF bid will also deliver a digital hub and leverage private sector investment. It will build on the investments already made in fibre infrastructure in Burgess Hill. It aims to support 558 new jobs, 650 high value businesses and rapid delivery of the Government’s Build Back Better Plan. The Government will announce which LUF bids have been successful in September.