THE MARTLETS SHOPPING CENTRE UPDATE REPORT TO MSDC COUNCILLORS
In September 2020 the application to redevelop the Martlets Shopping Centre was approved by the Mid Sussex District Council planning committee. Since this decision, the country has been placed into another national lockdown which continues to create a challenging environment for businesses and retailers.
The focus for NewRiver in Burgess Hill continues to be on holding regular conversations with all parties as the next steps for the future of The Martlets Shopping Centre are mapped out. Due to the ongoing pandemic, and the retailer and occupier situation, the landscape still remains uncertain. Potential tenants are not currently in a position to commit, although we continue our discussions with proposed tenants, retailers and existing occupiers.
We hope to have further clarity on the next stages of delivery in the coming months, when the national picture is clearer and the lifting of restrictions clarified by national government.
We understand the local frustration at the lack of progress, however NewRiver remains committed to the redevelopment of The Martlets Shopping Centre and is grateful to the District Council and the local community for their patience as these talks continue. The planning permission that was granted in September states that a development plan for the whole site must be agreed with the Council before any development may commence. A development strategy for the whole site including the retail areas must therefore be programmed before the residential element could be started, unless otherwise approved, and NewRiver will continue to work closely with MSDC over the coming months.
In the meantime and as part of our ongoing commitment, we are offering flexible lease terms to start-up businesses enabling them to take space in formerly empty units and will continue to support this activity.