Wealden looks set to become even more of a significant commercial hub now the Ashdown Business Park finally gets off the ground.
Up to 100 new jobs could be provided by a company whose directors are in discussion with lawyers over plans to build and occupy a distribution warehouse on one of the sites. These are designated in newly released and detailed plans for the area.
The Ashdown Business Park has been on the drawing board for upwards of 20 years. A large portion of the site was held as an option by Robin James Sussex Ltd. but the option expired in 1998.
Uckfield commercial agent Chris Lawson acted for clients who bought the corner site, opening up negotiations for comprehensive development of the entire area with Wealden District and East Sussex County councils.
Now sole agent for all units in the scheme, Chris Lawson told the Express: “At one stage Wealden talked about building a new HQ there but ultimately moved to Hailsham. The Park has been in single ownership for a year and our firm was marketing it as a total plot but it has now been divided into ten separate sites. We have agreed terms with a large business coming in from outside the district which wishes to move to site four. In the meantime we are also discussing offers from firms which have expressed interest including a 40,000 square foot unit on site five.” Once the first unit is built and operating, hopes are high others will follow suit and hundreds of new jobs will be created.
The land was once a military camp and access will be from a roundabout on the A272 now used to reach the Veolia waste transfer facility and fire training centre. An outline planning application was approved in March 2012 and includes the provision of a lake - sited on a wetland area.
Chris Lawson said: “Infrastructure works are necessary, initially to move two large sewers so that services such as power, gas and fibreoptic cables can be installed. I hope this work will begin in February but I estimate it could be at least a year before it’s all finished and building can begin.”
The 14.7 acre plot sits on the corner formed by the A272 and the A22. The individual plots include sites for a restaurant, offices, industrial buildings and small business units and total 240,000 sq ft developable area.
Mr Lawson now plans to market all individual sites. Full details can be found on the website: www.ashdownbusinesspark.com