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Burgess Hill vision
Burgess Hill is a well-connected and attractive place to live with high expectations for the future.
In the next few years the Burgess Hill area will see growth and investment to make sure it continues to be a modern, thriving town where residents can live, work and play.
The current population of 30,600 is set to increase over the next 15 years. We are working to make sure that this level of growth delivers positive benefits for residents and the area.
The Neighbourhood Plan includes:
- 5,000 new homes
- 2 new business parks and - potentially the region’s first science and technology park
- Over 10,000 new jobs - including construction jobs
- £65m private investment in the development of a new town centre
- A new sustainable transport infrastructure to make sure new developments are properly integrated with the town
The vast majority of the investment will be provided by the private sector which could be up to £1 billion. Mid Sussex District Council is keen to make sure that the plans all work together - including the key areas of community, homes and jobs.
The £65m town centre improvements are focused on meeting the needs of residents for a modern town centre.
These will include:
- A new multiplex cinema
- New retail space
- New library
- A 63 bedroom hotel in the town centre
Around 3,500 of the 5,000 homes are scheduled to be delivered through the Northern Arc project. This significant development will also deliver a large number of community benefits.
- New schools
- A centre for community sport and leisure
- Play areas and green spaces
More high quality jobs will reduce the need for long commutes in search of work. The vision includes two new business parks – 'The Hub' already has an outline planning permission and is working on getting the site ready for occupants. The other will be part of the Northern Arc.
These developments will deliver several thousand jobs. We also have an ambition to deliver a Science and Technology Park, complementing the proposed development at the ex-Novartis site in Horsham. This could bring in a further 4,000 jobs over a slightly longer timescale.