Posted on 30th January 2019
You will have seen, no doubt, that since they started quite recently things are moving quickly on the new developments along the south side of the A2300 between Burgess Hill and the A23.
Notwithstanding the inevitable queues of traffic forming due to building works and temporary traffic lights, the huge DPD warehousing facility has gone up very quickly and there will soon be other buildings emerging too.
At Steering Group on Tuesday this week, Mark Healy from MSDC kindly attended and shed some light on the work. The Hub is being developed by Glenbeigh Developments Ltd, and comprises 50,000sq m of private development, of which DPD has taken 4000. In all, 14,000 sqm will be for warehousing.
The Northern Arc,which is now to be developed by Homes England, as part of the several thousand new houses in adjacent plots, comprises around 13,000 sq m. Some of this land will include ‘neighbourhood centres’, comprised of mostly retail developments. Much of the rest will be available to businesses. However, Mark could give no assurances about the possibility of there being opportunities for freehold purchasing. This was the issue which caused the BHBPA to write a letter to MSDC before Christmas, asking about freehold opportunities and the possible drift away from the town of businesses wishing to expand. We cited the example of Vega, who have been looking to buy locally but unsuccessfully for at least three years now. The company is going to move to Uckfield.
We thank Mark for coming down to the Steering Group to answer some questions. We do have more of the facts now, but there remain key questions about successful local businesses and whether we are able to retain them here by offering some freehold possibilities.
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."