Pets Corner has revealed images of its controversial plans for a new HQ in Hickstead farmland.
The planned site off Jobs Lane has caused some anger from residents with one saying the build would ‘scar’ the countryside at Northlands Farm.
Barry Livett, of Jobs Lane, Hickstead, said the site is home to a range of wildlife, as well as a natural filter for pollution and a flood-relief zone.
He said he believed when the plot was originally sold, it was on the strict pre-condition that the land would remain in agricultural use if not for the replacement Haywards Heath cattle market.
In response, Dean Richmond, Pets Corner’s managing director, has said although the land is currently designated for a cattle farm, it is keen for the council to re-designate the land for commercial use so it can build a HQ which will be ‘sustainable and environmentally advanced’.
Mr Richmond said If Pets Corner is successful, there will be significant benefits to the local economy including the creation of hundreds of construction jobs and the provision of vets and offices.
He said if it is not successful it will mean moving out of Mid Sussex but the company is ‘desperately keen to stay’ as it is invested in the county.
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