PLANS to regenerate the area around Haywards Heath railway station have now been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council.
The redevelopment includes improvements to the station facilities, including a better choice of retail facilities, a restaurant and new cycle parking facilities, and a new Waitrose food store.
The project is being promoted by Solum Regeneration in conjunction with Southern Railways, who manage the station, and Waitrose.
John Robinson, development manager of Solum Regeneration, said: “The redevelopment of the area around Haywards Heath station is long overdue. We have had overwhelming support from the local community and hope the council will be able to support these plans.”
The scheme also shows an additional pick-up and drop- off area from a new one-way road system at the bottom of Clair Road, as well as creating a new zone at the bottom of Boltro Road.
Ian Denning, station transformation programme manager from Southern, added: “The regeneration benefits of the Solum scheme are being complemented by an investment into the station by Southern.
“By working in partnership, we will be significantly enhancing the passenger experience for those that use Haywards Heath station.”
The new Waitrose food store will be 30,000 sq ft, twice the size of the one in Burgess Hill.
Up to 200 new jobs will be created by the store opening with opportunities for local and regional producers to supply the store.
Jonathan Ash-Edwards, councillor for Heath Ward, Haywards Heath, said: “The submission of a planning application for the station site is a defining moment for the town, after decades of false starts and proposals coming to nothing.
“In tough economic times, the investment being made by Solum Regeneration and Waitrose is a huge and welcome vote of confidence in Haywards Heath. I would encourage residents to submit their comments on the planning application to the district council.”
Natalie Merch, councillor for Heath Ward, Haywards Heath, added: “The boost to the local economy will benefit many residents in terms of jobs and I am confident that other businesses will soon follow suit and realise the potential of investing in Haywards Heath.”
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