News: Northern Arc Briefing

Posted on 5th March 2020

On Tuesday 3rd March there was a good turn out for the Northern Arc briefing at Burgess Hill Academy. Leader of the Council, Cllr Jonathan Ash-Edwards, set the context for the presentation before officers Judy Holmes, Assistant Chief Executive and Sally Blomfield, Divisional Leader for Planning & Economy, put on an excellent double-act taking us through a comprehensive briefing.

In summary, the Northern Arc is a massive programme with a whole slew of major projects that will deliver up to 3,500 homes, a new secondary school, 2 new primary schools, employment space, significant transport improvements, £162m of new infrastructure, 3 neighbourhood centres and a £350m investment from Homes England.

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One of the key objectives was for business leaders to feel much better informed, and some of the comments I have received such as “I had completely underestimated the scale of the development.” And, “I was also really pleased to see investment going in to the fibre provision for the existing business parks.” Were quite typical.

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"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)

"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. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."

Oliver Lashley , Director
(Pure Storm Digital Services )

"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."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)