Project:

Haywards Heath Town Centre Masterplan

Restoring the heart of the town centre

The Mid-Sussex Economic Development Strategy sought to, “develop a masterplan to help shape the strategic long-term vision for Haywards Heath.” Tibbalds provided a catalyst for the Council to act together, developing a USP for the town alongside options for the main shopping centre and key sites, public realm and links between the main functions of the central area.

Project Deliverables:
Masterplan document forming part of the evidence base for the review of the Mid Sussex Local Plan
Client:
Mid Sussex District Council
Collaborators:
Civic Engineers, Andy Cameron Associates
Location:
Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex District Council
Status:
The masterplan document forms part of the evidence base for the review of the Mid Sussex Local Plan and will be adopted as an SPD. It will undergo public consultation later in 2020.

The Council purchased the main shopping centre in town – The Orchards – and the masterplan sought to improve both the Orchards and the town centre environment together.

Haywards Heath is set in the natural, green landscape at the heart of Mid-Sussex, nestled between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Safe, creative and family focused, Haywards Heath offers a spacious green setting in which to live combined with the diversity and convenience of services, open spaces and cultural activities offered by a thriving town.

However, the central area is elongated and linear, stretching from the station in the north to the Orchards Shopping Centre in the south - an undulating walk of between 15 and 20 minutes. Whilst this area has all of the ingredients of a successful centre - a retail core, a cluster of restaurants and a strong employment base - these suffer from a lack of clear connections between them.

The masterplan defines a series of opportunities and assets to focus on, which include the connections to and within the town centre between key areas that provide services, functions and an evening economy, and well as possible development sites that can widen the appeal of the town and secure its future.

The masterplan document forms part of the evidence base for the review of the Mid Sussex Local Plan and will be adopted as an SPD. It will undergo public consultation later in 2020.

Core Team

Below are some of the key people that worked on this project.

  • Portrait of Katja Stille
    Katja Stille
    Director
  • Portrait of Evelyn Wong
    Evelyn Wong
    Senior Urban Designer
Portrait of Katja Stille

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Learn more about the Haywards Heath Town Centre Masterplan project and other similar projects by contacting one of our team

Call Katja on 0207 089 2121 or email katja.stille@tibbalds.co.uk