As stated last week a planning application has been submitted by Hargreaves to MSDC regarding the land at the west end of Victoria Road, the former KDG site. This in itself must be good news, for that site has lain empty and largely unused for almost twenty years.
Having spoken with the applicant, they have explained that whilst it is clearly early days, the intention is to provide a single warehouse with first floor offices above that will be capable of being let as a whole or as two separate units, subject to market demand.
The ultimate configuration and use of the units will be very much dependent on the marketing of the site which will start early in the New Year. It is good news to hear that Hargreaves are committed to developing what has been a redundant site for many years.
Assuming this office space will be available to rent, this would be good news for the Burgess Hill area as office space is becoming limited, due partly to the increased ease now of conversions to residential. It is also good to know that this is not another example of encroaching residential use onto the business parks.
As for the development of the road across to Charles Avenue, the spokesman at Hargreaves told me yesterday that “Construction of the building comprising the 2 units now proposed would not prevent the construction of the link road if it were desired to be implemented”
Having spoken this week to BHTC and to MSDC Planning, I can report that the lnk road is not in the Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan, that the Town Council have approved the planning application before it goes to MSDC and that there have been just two objections to the application to date. It seems that this road is unlikely to ever be built, and indeed there is much less enthusiasm for it now than when I began this job almost ten years ago. Times and circumstances change, and this is true of the businesses and the business parks.
If you wish to see the planning application and have your say about this matter you can find it here. You will need to respond before the end of tomorrow, 11th December.