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A pioneering project from West Sussex County Council to develop a disused site has taken a significant step forward.

 

The purchase of an 18.6 acre site in Horsham, formally owned by global health care company Novartis, has been finalised, meaning plans to transform the site can now be taken forward.

 

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said "This is a huge boost for the West Sussex economy which we hope will create many jobs.

 

"We have major ambitions to attract businesses from the health and life science sector as we know this is a growing industry with huge potential.

 

"We are also interested in attracting leading companies and new businesses to West Sussex to create new jobs and opportunities."

 

Subject to planning approval, the Wimblehurst Road site will be transformed into quality employment and residential space - helping West Sussx cover the cost of its investment and securing a good deal for the taxpayer.

 

The County Council announced in January 2016 that it intended to buy the site. Since then detailed work has  been carried out including site evaluations, the demolition of several buildings and work to ensure the purchase offered good value for money overall.

 

Louise added: "It is important for us to ensure that thorough checks have been made before we committed to the completion of this purchase. We are confident this will bring about huge benefits to the county, but at the same time we needed to ensure we were investing wisely and that our plans could be realised."

 

The County Council will work with commercial advisors to develop the right mix of business, office accommodation and start up space to transform the site.

 

Ray Dawe, Leader of Horsham District Council said: "It is very good news that West Sussex County Council has completed the purchase of the Novartis site.

"We need to create employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth and it is excellent to see that as the key part of the plan. In particular this project should provide a boost for small and innovative start up businesses.

"There will be a number of planning and contractual procedures that West Sussex County Council will need to follow to develop the site, and we will work closely with them to support their ideas."

 

Any businesses interested in this redevelopment opportunity can find out more at www.investwestsussex.co.uk/novartissite

 

 

 

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