Up to 150 new jobs will be created in Crowborough by a plan to transform the former Wealden District Council offices at Pine Grove into an enterprise hub with a mix of business and community space.
Proposals now being prepared for a feasibility study to secure grant aid are being targeted at providing commercial office space for small to medium-sized businesses, including some start-ups. The library and community areas will be retained.
Plans were formally announced at the town meeting on April 9.
Crowborough Community Association director Cllr David Larkin said: “We now feel we can deliver this project. We are in detailed discussions with both potential professional partners and sources of funding and feel confident that our plans meet all their criteria for a successful outcome.
“In particular, the prospect of bringing jobs to Crowborough and creating new employment opportunities for young people within the town is exciting. Combine this with the potential of the Pine Grove building to create a mixture of business and community activities within the same building, each feeding off each other, then the future of Pine Grove looks very compelling indeed.”