Regeneration of Burgess Hill takes a step forward

The regeneration of our town has taken a step forward, Mid Sussex District Council has said today.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards and Colin Whelan, director for Glenbeigh Developments. - Burgess Hill
Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards and Colin Whelan, director for Glenbeigh Developments. ''Picture: Mid Sussex District Council

Work has started at The Hub, a 15-hectare site for industrial, warehouse and office developments.

DPD, the UK’s leading parcel delivery brand, has taken up 4,000 metres of land there, the council said.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, the district council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth, told the Middy: “I am delighted that work is now underway at this site. “When complete, The Hub will offer much-needed industrial, warehouse and office space to aid the economic growth of our district.

“Local businesses have long been asking for more office and warehouse space in Mid Sussex, this development will help address these concerns and is another exciting step towards a better future for Burgess Hill.” The Hub is an ‘important part’ of the wider Burgess Hill Programme that will deliver ‘significant development and investment over the next 15 years’, the council said.

Significant development includes 5,000 new homes, new schools, a second new business park, the regeneration of the town centre, and the region’s first science and technology park.

Significant investment includes sustainable transport infrastructure and gigabit capable full fibre broadband.

The Hub will provide up to 50,000 metres of employment space, of which up to 14,000 metres will be for distribution and warehousing.

Much of the remainder is expected to be technology-led businesses offering sustainable high value jobs, the council said.

Colin Whelan, director for Glenbeigh Developments, added: “This Burgess Hill development will bring new properties to suit a range of occupiers. The Hub is strategically located for access to the southern M25 and the South Coast, just to the west of Burgess Hill.

“We expect that the initial buildings will be at the larger end of the scale, much like the DPD building but we are also keen to ensure that The Hub provides opportunities for smaller businesses to take advantage of these new facilities.”