Proposal for new warehouse approved

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Planning permission has been granted for a new warehouse building in Hassocks.

The application for the new warehouse totalling 7,575 square metres of floor space, together with landscaping and drainage works was approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee in Haywards Heath on Thursday.

The application affects land in Reeds Lane, Sayers Common, Hassocks.

Case officer Andrew Watt said: “The applicants have demonstrated a need for additional warehouse space, which enables this long-established local business (Avtrade) to expand their operation.

“It is considered that the economic growth and employment provision resulting from this is a significant benefit of the scheme.

“Other benefits include improvements to the landscaping of the site, drainage and sustainability.”

Councillor for Hurstpierpoint and Downs Anthony Watts Williams was in favour of the plan.

He said: “I am very supportive of local businesses and of Avtrade in particular in terms of how they go about their business.

“My only concern is the amount of visible light created by the warehouse onto the B2116.”

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