An Enhanced Hailsham Town Centre
Redeveloping the town centre provides an exciting opportunity to future proof Hailsham as a destination, whilst also creating a number of benefits for local people including new public spaces, an exciting retail and commercial offering, leisure facilities and much needed new homes.
All three masterplan options include the following:
The project will modernise and expand the town centre’s retail offer, making space for a variety of large, small, and independent stores at the heart of Hailsham Town Centre. This will give residents and visitors more opportunity to support local business and the local economy. A revitalised retail and commercial space will also help attract business to the area and allow for the creation of new jobs.
All options have new civic buildings conveniently located within the masterplan design. This includes access to new Wealden District Council offices, spaces for community groups and opportunities for leisure.
The masterplan options all feature new connections and crossings to create better links to, from and within the town centre. This includes wider pedestrian walkways with a more open feel, making it easier to access and utilise the town centre using various transport options.
New public green space and open space are included within each masterplan option, along with increasing wildlife and biodiversity, significant tree planting and landscaping, and creating opportunities for play.
A mixture of much needed and environmentally friendly homes will be created of varying sizes to provide options for all, from first time buyers to family homes, and those looking to downsize. Bringing more homes into the town centre will also enable people to access services, retail, employment and leisure activities on their doorstep.
As part of the design process, five different ‘character areas’ are being established to provide a distinct personality to each of the key parts of the town centre, whilst also blending landscape and townscape.