The first step towards the council’s vision of Bexhill’s future was taken on Thursday when Rother’s planners backed the Seachange Sussex plans for a business “mall.”
The three storey development covering 3,256 square metres will be built on farmland between Sidley and Pebsham with 130 parking spaces and cycle spaces.
Flexible office space will be accessed from a central atrium with shared facilities such as meeting rooms, toilets, and tea points.
The Hub is intended to provide space for small and new businesses to work in, with offices ranging in size from 300 to 3,000 square metres.
The building will be positioned on farmland located to the south of the proposed Gateway Road which was approved last summer and is the beginning of the business park proposals it’s hoped will eventually provide some 15,000 jobs for Bexhill.
The planning committee heard that the application was to be “welcomed” as it provides the first building at North East Bexhill and “delivers much needed employment space as well as the landscape setting for the Gateway Road as it enters Bexhill.”
A Seachange Sussex spokesman said: “We’re pleased to have received planning permission for The Hub – our business centre for the new Bexhill Enterprise Park. It’s another important step forward in our longer-term programme to help create a thriving new business community in north-east Bexhill - and so boost economic prosperity and job creation for local people. It’s good to hear strong local support for our plans for the area.
“We’re now looking forward to a prompt start in developing the scheme and aim to complete it next year.
“We’d welcome approaches from any businesses – small or large – who are interested in finding out more about the chance to reserve offices within The Hub.”
Seachange Sussex, which is a not-for-profit economic development for the county, has plans for a range of business schemes at North East Bexhill and will continue to develop proposals for the allocated employment land.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin recently visited the site along with Cllr Keith Glazier, Peter Jones (Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership), MP Greg Barker and others.
Proposals for the land north of Sidley are like to come forward later in 2014 or 2015.