11 March 2016
Mid Sussex District Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans for the revitalisation of Martlets Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill, the first step in an ambitious programme of improvements to the town.
The £65 million development proposal submitted by NewRiver Retail includes a 10 screen multiplex cinema, a 63 bed Travelodge hotel, 142 residential units, new restaurants, a purpose-built modern library, gym and the creation of an extra 70,000 square feet of retail space to provide a total area of 200,000 sq. ft. on final delivery.
The new development will provide a much improved environment for leisure activities, whether shopping, eating out or going to the cinema, and will deliver a significant boost to both daytime and night time economies in the town. The plans will provide a modern shopping environment with a wide range of shops to draw customers during the day and new restaurants and cafes, along with a multiplex cinema making Burgess Hill an attractive place for evening entertainment.
The redevelopment includes larger shop units better suited to modern retailer needs to attract big name fashion retailers that are currently under represented in the town. The new units will feature a stylish modern design, with glass fronted retail units at ground level, town centre residential apartments above and an enhanced public realm.
The provisional timetable for the town centre regeneration plans shows how the development will be delivered over several years.
Early work will focus on removing the overhanging canopy, brightening the pedestrian walkway and making visual improvements to existing shops. The next stage will see the demolition of the western part of the site and the construction of a new Travelodge hotel, residential units, 7,700 sq. ft. library, new shops, restaurants and the extension of the Market Place/Waitrose car park. Finally, the Martlets Heights office building will be demolished and construction work will start on the 34,000 square foot Cineworld cinema, with 60,000 sq. ft. retail units underneath.
“Revitalising the Martlets Shopping Centre is a major boost for Burgess Hill,” said Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council.
“Local people deserve a town centre that has the shops and restaurants that they want to visit. This development will mean there is more for families and people to do in the evenings, making Burgess Hill a great place to shop, relax and spend free time.
“As more people are attracted to the town, existing local businesses will benefit from the increased footfall and this economic boost has the potential to bring a real feel-good factor to the town. Jobs will be created, people will have a better retail experience and hopefully more people will choose to support their local town instead of travelling to Brighton or Crawley.”
Allan Lockhart, Property Director, at NewRiver said:
“We are delighted to receive the unanimous support of the Council, marking an important milestone for the creation of a new and vibrant Burgess Hill after several years hard work by our development team. Our proposed plans will transform Burgess Hill Town Centre, providing greater choice for local residents, better prospects for existing businesses and around 500 new employment opportunities.
“As a long-term investor in Burgess Hill, we are looking forward to continuing our work with the Council and local stakeholders and delivering this exciting development to revitalise Burgess Hill.”