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
- Mid Sussex District Council
- Civic Engineers, Andy Cameron Associates
- Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex District Council
- 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.
Below are some of the key people that worked on this project.
Evelyn WongSenior Urban Designer
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