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Planning approved for £6m Burgess Hill Centre for Outdoor Sport 

Mid Sussex District Council has approved the planning application for a new Centre for Outdoor Sport in Burgess Hill.   

Situated on an 8.6-hectare block of land within the Brookleigh development, the Centre will provide facilities for the district and is being built with support from Homes England.  

The proposed layout includes features such as a floodlit 3G football pitch, an artificial grass rugby pitch, changing facilities, three junior natural turf football pitches, a full-sized natural turf football pitch, and an artificial cricket wicket with a turf outfield. Additionally, a fully equipped play area for children.

MSDC said some trees will be removed for site development but added that MSDC and Homes England are ‘committed to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity with a thorough planting plan and ensuring all trees are replaced by their native counterpart’.  

CFOS – site plan

Chris Hobbs, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Customer Services, said: “We are really pleased to see the approval of the Centre for Outdoor Sport in Burgess Hill, a facility that will undoubtedly become a cornerstone of community life, and we are eagerly looking forward to commencing the work on this project later this month.  

“This achievement marks a significant milestone in our journey, and we extend our gratitude to Homes England for their invaluable partnership. Together, we are working to create an exceptional recreational hub that will enhance the lives of residents and sports enthusiasts both in our local community and also further afield. 

“The development of the CFOS is just, however, one piece of the jigsaw of sports provision across the district. We are working with a number of community groups and sports clubs to review what’s already in place and to explore new opportunities for improvement.

Homes England is contributing £4.75m through Section 106 funding towards the development and future maintenance of the facility. The entire £6m project cost will be fully covered by Section 106 contributions from local developments. 

Residents can keep up to date with the project development here. 

For more information about progress at Brookleigh, follow the Facebook page @Brookleigh.BH or click here

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