Issue 12, July 2018

Matters

Multi-million pound investment to provide homes, infrastructure and employment in Burgess Hill

Homes England, the government housing body, has announced it will oversee the construction of the 3500 homes, new link road, three schools and employment space that are planned for the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill. The multi-million pound project is the largest investment Homes England has ever made in the UK.

New homes at the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill have been planned for many years but it has always been a complicated development that involved many different landowners and house builders. Now that Homes England has taken over the development, they can bring together land, money, expertise, and planning and compulsory purchase powers. The clear remit is to facilitate delivery of sufficient new homes where they are most needed, with a sustained improvement in affordability.

Delivering large housing developments can be very challenging, especially making sure priority is given to delivering community infrastructure. The involvement of Homes England with Burgess Hill’s Northern Arc site will bring certainty for local residents that the roads and schools that are needed will be built alongside the housing.

The Council has a clear plan for the future of Burgess Hill and this is a really exciting time for residents and businesses. With new homes, schools, business parks, the town centre regeneration, sustainable transport investment, gigabit broadband and potentially the region’s first science and technology park all in the pipeline; Burgess Hill is set to become a thriving place to live, work and enjoy.

Our coordinated approach to the growth of Burgess Hill has already attracted significant infrastructure investment with £32 million secured for the dualling of the A2300 and other transport improvements, £6.5 million to improve waste water treatment works at Goddard’s Green and £2.2 million towards Gigabit broadband infrastructure. The involvement of Homes England will strengthen our position and provide further security for future infrastructure delivery. 

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