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Commercial property Wealden

Wealden is known for its beautiful countryside, stunning coastline and its five main market towns.

As the largest district in East Sussex, Wealden shares its boundaries with six other southern neighbours, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent down to the seaside town of Eastbourne.

Two-thirds of the district is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the South Downs National Park a top attraction in the High Weald Area. In Match 2015 The Daily Telegraph named Wealden as one of its top 20 places to live, based on quality of life data conducted by Halifax. Half of its population live in five towns: Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Polegate and Uckfield and the rest reside in its pretty villages and rolling countryside.

Wealden’s rural setting has shaped its growing business community. Around 80% of its businesses are made up of micro and small businesses employing ten people or less.

Wealden is fast becoming a fresh commercial centre in East Sussex with a clear focus on expansion and growth to stimulate economic activity. Since the Wealden Planning for Growth Agenda was introduced in 2013, the construction industry has been able to build more freely as relaxed planning controls have enabled a more rapid expansion of commercial property. Although Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are exempt from its development plan, industrial permitted development has been extended until to May 2016. Enhanced development rights during this time will allow developers to double allowances for permitted development and extend their premises from 25% of the original floor space of the original building to up to 50%.

The Ashdown Business Park in Maresfield has opened up new commercial space opportunities for growing businesses. Two of the ten plots at the Ashdown Business Park were bought this year by a storage and distribution business and an existing Uckfield business. When complete, the Ashdown Business Park will include a café, restaurant and three storeys of industrial space. The Core Strategy Local Plan has also identified the next set of key locations for major commercial development which will be developed from 2015 to 2027.

Commercial spaces on offer - from 2,000 sq ft to 16,500 sq ft for sale or to let - at the Chaucer Business Park in Polegate are also helping local businesses to grow. The first six set of units have now been sold or let, out of the seven that were completed in phase 1, with a further six units currently under construction for future use. The park, which is adjacent to the A22/A27 Polegate bypass, was the winner of the National Award of Excellence for Design and Construction in 2014. It is the largest speculative commercial development on the current market and is equipped with super-fast 1 gigabyte fibre optic broadband and energy efficient measures to reduce running costs.

The regeneration of Uckfield, one of Wealden’s busiest community hubs, will provide additional commercial space development, alongside infrastructure improvements and residential development to create new mixed use areas. Uckfield High Street is already a great place to find fresh retail space and further development in Uckfield will enable supply to meet demand in thriving Wealden.

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