Issue 25 September 2022

Matters

Second £18.5m bid submitted to Government for Burgess Hill town centre funding

Levelling UpThe sustainable revitalisation of Burgess Hill town centre is a priority and Mid Sussex District Council is leading an £18.5m bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support regeneration of the town.

The bid focusses on three key improvements:

1) Town Centre (Martlets) - £13.2m could unlock a further £20m of private centre investment and transform 2.46 hectares of brownfield land in the heart of the town into new and refurbished commercial floorspace, a hotel and 172 new homes. The project would also generate in the region of 650 new jobs.

2) Public Realm - £3.8m is required to enhance the public realm along Church Walk, creating an attractive area for investment and improving sustainable transport links.

3) Digital Hub - £1.5 million will deliver a Digital Hub within the town centre, accelerating the connection of local businesses to Full Fibre infrastructure and supporting local economic growth by bringing small businesses together in flexible workspaces.  

The Council was unsuccessful when applying during the first round of bidding for the Levelling Up Fund in June 2021. Since then, the Council has received positive feedback from Government officials, which noted the Mid Sussex bid scored highly when compared to other projects in the region. The Council’s latest proposal is ‘oven ready’, with work prepared to proceed immediately should funding be secured, and this is something the Government is looking for in bids for the second round of funding.

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West Sussex County Council has submitted a reserved matters planning application to create an ‘all-through’ primary and secondary school as part of the Burgess Hill Brookleigh development (formerly known as the Northern Arc).

The school will be fully inclusive and include a Special Support Centre to support children with special educational needs and disabilities attending the new school.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been appointed to run the new all-through school. West Sussex County Council is creating the secondary school element and the primary school element, which will be designed and built later, is being created by Homes England.

The design of the new secondary school building aims to achieve Passivhaus certification, which sets the standard for low-carbon emissions, use of sustainable energy, and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The building will be highly energy efficient and generate its own energy on-site using nearly 1000 solar photovoltaic panels, ensuring no use of fossil fuels in the running of the building.

The scheme has been designed to protect, conserve and enhance the rich biodiversity found on the site, and you can view the proposed design of the school at https://youtu.be/zSeonaHiXFs

To view the Planning Application, please visit the MSDC Planning Portal using the reference DM/18/5114.