The torture that we go through here at Burgess Hill Uncovered to bring you the latest news….. Today we were present at the ‘Better Mid Sussex Advisory Group’ meeting at the district council chamber.
This meeting was of interest as NewRiver Retail – Owners of the Martlets shopping centre – were finally making a presentation to the council revealing how they would like to redevelop the town square.
Due to the meeting lasting over 2 hours!!! (thanks to silly discussions about species of trees, more on that another time) your reporter’s brain is rather mashed at the moment, so here are the main highlights…
NewRiver Retail have two options for what to do in the town centre…..
Option A involves an 80,000 sqft supermarket on the site of Lidl and the surface area of the multi-storey car park.
Burgess Hill library would be moved next to the Burgess Hill Town Council Help Point (bye bye theatre club?)
A big retail unit would then take up the space vacated by the library.
Option B involves Lidl staying where it is and a smaller 50,000sqft supermarket being built next to it. The library would not be moved.
Both plans appear to incorporate the following….
It was confirmed that Cyprus Road car park will not be used to transfer smaller retail units from the Martlets. NewRiver Retail revealed that it was the MSDC officers that said to leave the land alone.
Instead, shops are planned for Waitrose car park. An underground car park will be built as a replacement on the same site.
The big office block near Iceland will be knocked down.
A new cinema was discussed at length, one set of plans showed the entrance would be where Sussex Appliances is currently situated. This points to many shops being relocated to Waitrose car park.
A kiosk – like a cafe – is planned for the central square outside Lidl.
There are no plans for a new civic building. NewRiver Retail will be making the outside of the Martlets Hall look very fancy, however it is down to MSDC to make internal improvements.
Space and cost is an issue with regards to a department store coming to Burgess Hill. It is not in the immediate plans but option A and B do allow for a department store to come in the future.
Time Frame For Development
- Deciding which option to choose – November 2012
- Partnership approval – November 2012
- Development agreement – February 2013
- Pre-let agreement – February 2013
- Pre-application stage – March 2013
- Public consultation – April 2013
- Submission of plans – June 2013
Tell us what you think?
From the information above, what do you think of NewRiver Retail’s plans?
Would you be happy to have a new supermarket and a new cinema in the town centre? What do you think to lots of shops going into Waitrose car park along with a new underground parking facility?