Burgess Hill Town Council has said it welcomes a proposed £65million investment for the town centre.
Mid Sussex District Council gave permission for NewRiver Retail’s town centre regeneration plan to go to planning application stage on Tuesday night (September 8).
The investment will bring a new cinema, shopping centre, homes, restaurants and library to the town centre.
The statement said: “This is an important step in the realisation of the town council’s vision for the town centre as outlined in our Neighbourhood Plan. We look forward to working with our Partners and the community in delivering a Town Centre fit for the 21st century.”
François Nairac, development director at NewRiver Retail, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Mid Sussex District Council to unlock the true potential of Burgess Hill and regenerate this important town centre with an exciting new retail and leisure destination. Our proposed plans will create a superior public realm, new homes, leading high street retailers, restaurants, community uses and leisure opportunities.
“Importantly, we expect several hundred new jobs to be created as a result. Burgess Hill has been starved of investment for too long - local consumer spending power has been lost from Burgess Hill to other competing centres such as Brighton, Crawley and Haywards Heath and through our partnership with the Council we intend to put Burgess Hill back on the map as major retail and leisure destination.”
Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Burgess Hill.
“The redevelopment will bring much needed investment and jobs. It will transform the town centre and act as a catalyst for growth and even further investment. It will make Burgess Hill an attractive destination for families and young people, providing shopping and leisure that fits the aspirations of a modern and vibrant town.
“This proposal supports Burgess Hill Town Council’s vision for a sustainable 21st Century town. It focusses on a high quality, vibrant and accessible town centre. The approach is at the heart of the Burgess Hill Town Council Neighbourhood Plan and is a key element in the Mid Sussex District Plan.
“This has been, for obvious reasons, a very difficult transaction to negotiate. Attracting inward investment on this scale is always difficult. The financial assessments of the scheme by independent specialists BNP Paribas have demonstrated that its viability is challenging given the level of investment required.”