Commercial property is a key ingredient in the economic success of East Sussex.
Given its importance, Locate East Sussex and its local authority sponsors have made a strong and on-going commitment to a programme of property research. This has led to a series of studies into the County’s property industry which are published below. They are helping us to understand what is going on at a time of massive structural change as property responds to the on-line revolution: a trend greatly accelerated, in the last months, by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first studies are market evaluations based on qualitative research. Market information has been collected in a series of interviews with commercial property professionals who know the patch and were able to give a candid account of market trends.
We hope you find them interesting and useful read.
Room to Grow ll Report
In 2002 Stiles Harold Williams conducted research and a subsequent report named ‘Room to Grow’ on commercial property and space within East Sussex. The report identified the poor capital investment record in business space in both West and East Sussex since the mid to late 1980s.
This report, named Room to Grow II revisits that research in the modern day to provide an update on opportunities and shortfalls within the commercial property market to assist with future land allocation.
The focus of this report is to;
I. Examine the potential gap between current and future provision.
II. Assess the situation over a five-year period and longer if possible.
III. Look at factors driving changes in growth and demand.
East Sussex Employment Land Pipeline, April 2023.
AECOM was commissioned by Locate East Sussex to carry out an Employment Land
Pipeline study across East Sussex (including the local authorities of Lewes District,
Eastbourne Borough, Wealden District, Hastings Borough and Rother District).
The study identified a total of 159 employment sites in the planning pipeline in East
Sussex. The spatial distribution and breakdown of sites by characteristics are shown
in Figure 1, where it can be seen that 27 sites were identified in Lewes District, 29
sites were identified in Eastbourne Borough, 23 sites were identified in Wealden
District, 20 sites were identified in Hastings Borough, and 60 sites were identified in
Land & Premises Supply Study – Market assessment for East Sussex, May 2020.
This major report takes a detailed look at East Sussex Commercial property and its suitability for the future.
Based on a series of searching interviews with property professionals, and drawing on many other sources, we take stock of business class space and look at employment land supply in East Sussex from a market perspective and look at the key issues. The report is intended to provide evidence to strategic partners who are potentially in a position to influence planning policy and improve outcomes.
I must congratulate you on your report. I think it is first class. Not just because I agree with most of what you say, but because it is very well constructed and your points very well made. A report of this type is very much overdue.
Factory Internet re-locates to High Weald House
Fast-growing IT services firm Factory Internet has moved from the Innovation Centre in Hastings to a second-floor office in High Weald House on the Bexhill Enterprise Park.
Atelier Lewes announced as Best Mixed Use Development
Atelier Lewes, a joint venture between Gold Property Developments, Cross Stone Regeneration and Oakley Property has been recognised as a winner of the Best Mixed Use Development category at The International Property Awards.
Freedom Works expands into Hastings
Freedom Works expands its offering to serve the Hastings Business Community
Freedom Works, which runs several modern and creative co-working spaces throughout Sussex and the South Coast, has opened in the old Debenhams building in the heart of Hastings.
East Sussex continues to set the lead for new speculative commercial development
This is particularly apparent on the industrial and Logistics fronts. Commercial Agent Stiles Harold Williams explores why businesses are opting for an East Sussex base.
Enterprise Park North
84,000 sq ft of light industrial floorspace has been approved by SELEP with nearly £2m of funding for the park. Access works have been begun by Seachange before the development of space by Westcott Leach.
Platform Business Centre achieves full occupancy
The first phase of Platform Business Centre in Haywood Way, Hastings, has been recently completed, welcoming 10 new businesses and setting the standard for the future development of industrial and warehousing development in Hastings.
Sussex Heritage Trust Award Winners
Some excellent news for East Sussex-based Developer Westcott Leach who received an accolade of ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2021 Sussex Heritage Award Commercial Award for their development at Merrydown Business Park in Horam.
Mixed-use Woodland Development brings new beginnings to Flimwell
Ten years in the making, Flimwell Park in East Sussex, is finally coming to the end of its development, design and construction process, which has transformed a woodland space into an inspiring new model for a sustainable woodland community that blends living, working, recreation and learning.
New sustainable business incubator units to be built in Hastings
Construction will begin on 1 November to build a new 2 storey business centre containing 29 small business incubator units at Churchfields Industrial Estate in Hollington. The new building will be known as Churchfields Business Centre.
The units will range from 315.6sqft to 323.8sqft in size, and can be used for office, light industry or high-tech.
Affordable housing partnership brings substantial inward investment to Sussex
Award-winning Sussex-based housing company, Goscombe, has partnered with OSCO Homes from Manchester to bring a new modular manufacturing hub to Sussex.
Together, they will build and operate a production facility with embedded skills training academy to deliver much-needed new social and affordable homes to the Sussex region.
Multi-million funding secured for Newhaven regeneration
Over five million pounds has been awarded after Lewes District Council successfully bid for the award from the Future High Streets Fund.
The bid entitled ‘Re-imagining Newhaven’, focuses on offering a wide range of services for visitors and residents by re-purposing derelict and under-used buildings, and diversifying the town centre to help build the local economy and strengthen the community with money spent more locally.
Ambitious plans announced for former UTC Building
Lewes District Council has agreed to bring forward plans to create jobs and boost Newhaven’s economic growth by redeveloping the former UTC building.
While being empty for more than a year since it closed as a technical college, the Grade II listed building has had a council commitment to put forward £500,000 in match-funding to complement the £1.3 million put forward by the government via the Getting Building fund.
East Sussex projects to receive over £11 million to support economic recovery and create over 440 new jobs
Eight projects, put forward by East Sussex County Council, will receive funding from the recently announced South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP) £85 million share of the Government’s new Getting Building Fund to deliver jobs and help East Sussex economy recover.
More than 8,000 sq m of commercial space will be unlocked, and over 400 new learners will have access to new skills facilities and programmes.
Developers East Sussex
Established in May 2016, Developers East Sussex is a subgroup of Team East Sussex.
The group is committed to making a difference to East Sussex’s growth agenda to bring about:
- Deliverable, high quality and sustainable development.
- A functional property market.
- Growth in jobs and housing.
DES operates through a subscription-based membership. Developers based in East Sussex who want to join the group should contact East Sussex County Council
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