Homes England agree sale of land to safeguard local Burgess Hill business

Homes England will sell Bodle Bros Ltd land to ensure business can thrive for future generations.

Homes England, the government agency working with partners to build new homes at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill, has sold land to Bodle Bros, safeguarding the future of this well used local business.

Bodle’s specialises in animal, pet and equestrian supplies and has been trading since the 1830s. Michael and Julie Sandercock, directors of the business, had been renting the land their business occupies. Homes England acquired this land from their landlords as part of the wider plans for the Northern Arc development and has made it available to Bodle Bros with the sale completing on 17th June 2020. This means they can continue to provide a much-needed service to the community in and around Burgess Hill for generations to come.

Michael Sandercock, Managing Director of Bodle Bros said: “Buying this land has meant we have safeguarded our business at our current location where we employ a local workforce. We have worked with Homes England to make this possible and I look forward to offering the same level of service to our loyal customers that we have always provided.”

Homes England is working with Mid-Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and housing development partners to build 3,500 new homes at the Northern Arc, 30% of which will be affordable. Alongside houses there will also be significant investment in roads, schools, healthcare, employment areas, parks and playgrounds making the Northern Arc a successful, thriving community.

Ken Glendinning, Project Director at Homes England said: “Retaining Bodle Bros is a part of our ongoing commitment to support local jobs and businesses in Burgess Hill as we build new homes and infrastructure and create more opportunities for sustainable employment.”

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For more information contact Sarah Ward on 07776 527 643 or northernarc@homesengland.gov.uk or Tom Hustler, Communications Manager at Homes England, on 0113 3949355 or tom.hustler@homesengland.gov.uk