CLIENT: Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council
DATE: December 2015 – January 2017


CCL acted as the lead consultant with project leadership, management and contractual responsibility for the Preparation of comprehensive strategic employment land demand and supply and economic effects analysis for new 30 Ha employment site in Burgess Hill.

Phase 2 work was to prepare a feasibility study and delivery framework for a new 100,000 sq.m Science & Technology Park supported by Coast to Capital LEP, Greater Brighton City Deal and West Sussex County Council. We led all aspects of the economic development, projection modelling and town planning work.

CCL was responsible for two specialist subconsultants working collaboratively within the project team. CCL’s role involved direct client liaison and management of all aspects of the quality of the project.


The key outputs and outcomes of the project have been a robust, objective assessment in accordance with the NPPF and NPPG of the potential for a further 30 Ha of employment land to be allocated in the Draft Local Plan for an area to the west of Burgess Hill.

The work outcomes have given confidence to the clients to identify the site allocation within the District Plan and to move forward into the second phase of work to consider the feasibility and concept for the proposed Science & Technology Park in greater detail.


CCL added value to the planning application through provision of the underlying planning, housing and development case for the proposal set against a policy backdrop that did not support release of the site for residential development given its location outside the settlement boundary and elements of local opposition.

CCL’s positive engagement with the local authority, town council and the statutory consultees resulted in a deliverable planning permission with minimum pre-commencement conditions and S106 planning obligation contributions.

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