Homes England is to build up to 3500 homes, a new link road, three schools and employment space at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill – the largest investment Homes England has ever made.
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.
Council Leader Garry Wall said: “We welcome this significant investment by Homes England in the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill.
“Mid Sussex District Council is positive about the need to provide new homes and employment facilities. We are delighted with the Government support we have received to date and this important investment from Homes England is another huge step forward for the future of Burgess Hill.
“It is an endorsement of this Council’s advocacy of sensible, sustainable growth, which provides homes for future generations, supports our growing businesses recognises the needs of local people and protects our wonderful landscape.”
Burgess Hill will see significant development and investment over the next 15 years including 5,000 new homes, new schools, two new business parks, the town centre regeneration, investment in sustainable transport infrastructure and potentially the region’s first Science and Technology Park.
Homes England will bring pace and certainty to this regionally significant development.
The Council’s 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 further strengthen this position and provide further security for future infrastructure delivery.
Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, added: “Along with Mid Sussex District Council I have long championed the Government’s involvement in Burgess Hill. I now welcome Homes England’s intervention in the Northern Arc which will increase the scale and speed of the homes and infrastructure built.”
Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, the council’s Deputy Leader said: “We have 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.”