Demolition work starts in Burgess Hill ahead of town regeneration
Demolition work has started in Burgess Hill ahead of a £65 million town centre regeneration project.
NewRiver’s first application to transform the Martlets Shopping Centre was approved by Mid Sussex District Council back in 2016.
But the plans have been revised to include increased space for commercial leisure such as bowling, a revised layout of the library to accommodate a changing places toilet, a reduction and reconfiguration of some of the retail units to allow more units for independent retailers and an increased amount of residential units.
The scheme is split into two blocks. The first includes 170 flats, new and refurbished retail units, a 16-lane bowling alley, gym, 89-bed hotel, serviced offices and undercroft parking.
The second block is for a ten-screen multiplex cinema, and retail units.
The existing Waitrose car park to the south of the site will be extended and a large central public space would be created.
The latest plans are due to be discussed by Mid Sussex District Council in the coming months.
A controversial decision to close the Martlets Hall sparked public outcry, but despite protests the venue closed in July 2018.
Plans for a replacement arts venue are expected to be given the go-ahead next week.The library has already reopened in its new location.