Essential site works begin at Horsham Enterprise Park
17 November 2020
Essential site preparation works will begin next week at Horsham Enterprise Park in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham.
The works, being carried out by Axio (Special Works) Limited, are due to be completed in five months’ time.
This will allow for early commencement of the commercial phases of the scheme to begin in spring 2021.
Preparatory work taking place on site includes disposal of building waste, maintenance and internal strip out of the central buildings, ground preparation, tree root protection and putting up perimeter hoardings.
Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “The site works starting next week are a big step forward in the development of Horsham Enterprise Park and have been planned to facilitate early commencement of the first phase of commercial development early next year.
“It remains important to us, especially in these very hard and unpredictable times, that we make sure we support our local economies to help them grow and thrive as we move into a ‘new normal’ and that we build on Horsham’s long-established position as a major centre for high-value employment.”
The Park will deliver a high quality mixed commercial and residential scheme to boost the local economy by providing new homes and high value jobs.
The main features of the outline Horsham Enterprise Park development are:
- 25,000 square metres of employment space - such as offices and research and development use – on two-thirds of the site, including a new enterprise hub or collaborative workspace for micro and small businesses.
- Up to 300 new homes on one-third of the site in a range of sizes, types and tenures, including provision of 35 per cent affordable housing.
- Community facilities for shopping and other services.
The county council purchased the site, formerly owned by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, in December 2016.
The outline planning permission was agreed by Horsham District Council in October 2019.
The S106 was agreed and a Decision Notice issued by Horsham District Council on 11 February 2020.
All dates are subject to change, based on current local guidance in relation to coronavirus.