Hailsham town centre, like many town centres, has seen much change in recent years. It has a number of empty shops but the number is slowing falling and is below the national average. Hailsham will, however, continue to grow over the next 20 years.
The Hailsham Forward partnership was born out of the Mary Portas Vision for revitalising town centres. Hailsham Forward is a Town Team partner and has received funding from the Government, East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Hailsham Town Council to undertake projects to improve the business community in Hailsham.
The Partnership is made up of many local people and organisations including the local Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, as well as local Councils and the Member of Parliament for Wealden.
The Partnership is working on a number of projects, as detailed in the projects page and had produced a business plan to help drive the revitalisation forward.
For more details visit the Hailsham Forward website: www.hailshamforward.co.uk
Wealden (Core Strategy) Local Plan
The Core Strategy Local Plan comprises a long-term spatial vision and strategic objectives for Hailsham and the rest of the Wealden District area for the period 2013 to 2027. The Local Plan is currently being reviewed because when the plan was adopted in 2012/13 they were unable to meet the housing numbers required at the time due to environmental constraints and committed to a review starting in 2015.
You can find out more relating specifically to Hailsham here:
Movement and Access Strategy for Hailsham and Hellingly (MASHH)
The Movement and Access Strategy for Hailsham and Hellingly (MASHH) was completed in November 2012 and is used to inform East Sussex County Council (and Wealden District Council) about the transport infrastructure required in Hailsham and Hellingly to support developments recently constructed and future development up to 2027 as part of the Wealden District Council Core Strategy.
For more details visit the East Sussex County Council website: www.eastsussex.gov.uk
Shopping locally supports our local economy in a number of ways:
Better For The Environment
If you shop locally, you reduce the need for use of your car or even public transport to buy your groceries and other shopping items. Furthermore, if there is a local growers’ market, you can purchase many organic and environmetally friendly goods and reduce energy-wasting long hauls into the bargain.
Save Money On Your Shopping Bills
With ever increasing fuel prices, you are encouraged to refrain from using your car whenever possible, shop local and save money in doing so. Additionally, shopping at a local produce market effectively cuts out the middleman, therefore reducing (long haul) transportation costs.
Build A Sustainable Community
Research has shown that money spent locally remains in the local economy, through wages paid to local employees and products and services purchased from other local businesses. In turn, shopping locally contributes significantly to the overall development of the economic base of the community.
The Hailsham & Hellingly Masterplan (produced in 2010) takes a holistic approach to every aspect of the town’s infrastructure: roads; sewerage and drainage; transport; retail; employment land; housing; healthcare; education and training; leisure, recreation and the arts.
Among the Masterplan’s proposals are long-term visualisations for the town’s roads, (including two major (new) relief roads), making the High Street and town centre more pedestrian-friendly, a community-based diagnostic and treatment centre with GP surgeries, and a community park/complex (with a 500-seat concert hall, multi-use hall for clubs and societies, library and art gallery).
The final draft of the Masterplan was amended in light of the results of an independent retail impact study carried out last year and identifies the estimated timescales for development, delivery mechanisms and resource implications required for its delivery.
You can download the final version of the Masterplan and associated appendix documents from this page.
Hailsham & Hellingly Masterplan: Final Version PDF (4.61MB / 61 pages)
Appendix: Hailsham Town Centre Retail Capacity Study PDF (5.43MB / 54 pages)
(Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design was appointed by Hailsham Town Council to undertake a study into the retail capacity of Hailsham town centre).