Details plans for the revitalisation of Burgess Hill town centre have been revealed in a formal planning application to Mid Sussex District Council.
The £65 million investment proposal by NewRiver Retail features a 10 screen Cineworld Cinema, a 63 bed Travelodge hotel, 142 residential units, a purpose-built modern library, 283 additional car parking spaces and an extra 70,000 square feet of retail space.
NewRiver’s plans show a high quality modern design, with glass fronted retail units at ground level and town centre apartments above. A pedestrianised walkway will continue to link Church Walk and Civic Way but the retail units either side will be enlarged to attract big name retailers to the town. The Heights commercial building will be demolished to make way for the 93,000 square foot Cineworld cinema and new shops will face out on to Civic Way. A 7,700 sq ft library will also feature and provide a new active frontage at street level along Civic Way.
“Burgess Hill town centre is in urgent need of investment and this proposal will breathe new life into the town,” said Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council.
“It will create over 500 new jobs, kick-start further investment in the area and transform Burgess Hill into an attractive shopping and leisure destination for families and young people.
A modern shopping centre like the one proposed is what’s needed to attract big name retailers to Burgess Hill.
“These kinds of opportunities don’t come around very often, so it’s important we make the most of them when we have the chance. There will be the usual public consultation by the council as part of the planning process and local people will be able to make comments to the planning department that will be fully taken into account in the lead up to a decision."
“As part of the process, NewRiver will also be displaying the plans locally so everybody can see what is proposed. I hope local people take the time to have their say on what is a very important development for the future of Burgess Hill.”
François Nairac, Development Director at NewRiver said: “The submission of our detailed planning application marks a highly important milestone towards the major transformation of Burgess Hill Town Centre." Our proposed £65 million investment across 465,000 sq ft of mixed-use space, working in partnership with Mid Sussex District Council, will be a significant catalyst for regeneration, providing a dynamic and attractive town centre. We believe that a vibrant and successful town centre is crucial for the future economic and social wellbeing of Burgess Hill and we are committed to delivering that through this substantial investment.
Source: Mid Sussex Times
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