Lidl reveals plans for new store in Burgess Hill

Lidl generic CGIWork is now underway to build a brand new Lidl store on Leylands Road in Burgess Hill.

The supermarket announced last month that it had completed the purchase of the site from NewRiver REIT and it is expected that the new store will be complete and ready to open by summer 2019.

Lidl is relocating from The Martlets Shopping Centre to allow NewRiver REIT to progress its plans for the regeneration of The Martlets Shopping Centre in the town centre, which include new shops and restaurants such as Next, Nandos, Wildwood, New Look as well as a 10-screen multiplex Cineworld cinema. It will also create much needed homes, a 63 bed Travelodge hotel, a new purpose built library and improved public space. Lidl’s existing store in The Martlets will continue to trade right up until the day before the new store opens. 

The new Leylands Road supermarket represents a multi-million pound investment in Burgess Hill, with Lidl proposing to build a sustainable store that has a 1,325sqm sales area and will create up to 20 new jobs. The store also features facilities such as an in-store bakery, customer toilet and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

The planned store in Burgess Hill will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 730, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which will see it open up to 50 new stores a year.

Northern Arc planning application submitted

Northern Arc sketchHomes England, the Government’s national housing agency, has submitted an outline planning application to create a new community of approximately 3,500 homes at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill. 

The proposed scheme includes new homes (30% affordable), employment opportunities, three new schools, health provision, improved pedestrian and cycle connections, sports and leisure opportunities as well as supporting highways infrastructure.

You can view the planning application online now by using the reference DM/18/5114. If you would like to comment on the application you can do so online or in writing to:

Mid Sussex District Council
Planning Department
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1SS

The deadline for commenting on the Northern Arc planning application is 18 February 2019.

If you have any questions about the proposed Northern Arc development then please visit the dedicated FAQs page on

For more information on Homes England visit

Phone: Sarah Ward on 07776 527 643

Wickes purchase provides greater financial security

WickesThe Council has taken another step towards financial self-sufficiency by agreeing a £6.3million deal to purchase the freehold of commercial property at 255-269 London Road, Burgess Hill, which is occupied by Wickes DIY.

Government funding for Mid Sussex District Council has reduced dramatically in recent years. In 2010, Mid Sussex received £6.4 million from the Government in Revenue Support Grant towards the provision of local public services but this reduced year-on-year to zero in 2018.

With the removal of the Revenue Support Grant, the Council must find other ways to generate the income it needs to continue providing services for local people. The purchase of the Wickes site in Burgess Hill will provide a sizeable rental income of £325,000 per annum that will help to offset the loss of government grant funding.

The Council has a long-term goal to be 100% financially self-sufficient so, no matter what happens at national government level, Mid Sussex will have secure funding streams in place to deliver services for local people.

Council Tax only provides enough funds to cover around one third of the cost of providing Council services in Mid Sussex, so the council must generate additional income with investments like this one in order to maintain existing levels of service. By investing carefully in local property, the council can secure a stable source of income to fund local services, help to regenerate our towns and support the economic wellbeing of the district.

The Wickes site comprises a purpose built retail warehouse, which was recently comprehensively refurbished and refitted by Wickes to create a mezzanine area for a bathroom and kitchen showroom. Externally there is a builders’ yard, outdoor projects centre and a car park with 81 spaces.

The store is let on a fully repairing and insuring lease to Wickes Building Supplies Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Travis Perkins plc.

Free training for independent retailers

We're inviting local independent retailers to take advantage of free training that will help them fight back against online retailers and keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.

Retail experts Martec International have been running the free sessions since November but there are still three sessions remaining -

  • Retail Marketing, Price, Promotions and Advertising - Tuesday 5 February at The King's Church, Burgess Hill
  • Sales and Customer Service - Tuesday 26 February at Queen's Hall, Cuckfield
  • Inventory and Stock Management - Monday 11 March at East Grinstead Town Council Chamber.

By attending just one of the workshops, independent retailers become eligible for a free coaching and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in their own store. These one-to-one sessions will enable the consultants to tailor advice to the specific needs of each business.

Mike Lorusso from Fun Pots pottery painting studio in Haywards Heath attended the first two sessions and is already finding new ways to cut costs and increase profitability.

To book your place email or visit

A guide to Universal Credit

Universal Credit logoEveryone’s talking about Universal Credit, but what are the key things you need to know? This quick guide will help you understand what Universal Credit is and what it could mean for you and your family.

What is it?

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people who are on a low income or out of work. It replaces:

• Child Tax Credit

• Housing Benefit

• Income Support

• Income-­based Jobseeker’s
Allowance (JSA)

• Income-­related Employment and
Support Allowance (ESA)

• Working Tax Credit

If you’re already claiming these benefits or tax credits you won’t need to do anything now – the Department for Work and Pensions will get in touch before any changes take place. To find out if you are eligible for it visit­credit/eligibility

What can I get?

The amount of Universal Credit you receive will vary depending on your personal circumstances. If you’re responsible for a child or act as a carer to someone this could increase the amount you get. If you have a disability or health condition that affects your ability to carry out work-­related activity you may also receive an additional amount. Universal Credit might also help towards the cost of the home you live in. To find out what benefits you could claim, and how much you might get, visit­calculators

What can I do to prepare?

Even if you’re not yet claiming Universal Credit, here are a few things you can do to help things run as smoothly as possible when you do apply:

1. Get online – most people will make and manage their Universal Credit claim online. If you use the internet regularly this will be one less thing to worry about.
2. Get a bank account – your Universal Credit payment will be paid into a bank, building society or credit union account.
3. Budget – you may be used to managing your money on a monthly basis, but if not you will need to make sure you can pay all your bills from this single

Visit for advice on making your money last the whole month, and also on which bank account might be best suited for you.

How do I apply?

Apply online at­credit – this site will guide you through the application process. There’s plenty of support on there if you need it when making your claim online.

What happens next?

Once you’ve made your claim you’ll need to attend an appointment at the jobcentre. This is an opportunity for you to discuss any support you might need in managing your claim. You will need to wait for around 5 weeks for your first payment. You may be able to get an advance payment if you are unable to manage during this period – ask about this during your jobcentre appointment.

What happens if I start work?

You may still be able to receive Universal Credit payments when you start work or increase your earnings. Your payments will adjust automatically as your earnings change. You will continue to receive Universal Credit payments until you are earning enough to no longer get them.

Visit for further information on Universal Credit and what it means for you.

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