Dunmoore have won planning consent for a 21-acre commercial hub in Billingshurst, Sussex.
The development on a greenfield site south of New Road, which was purchased in late 2016 at agricultural value, will provide more than 200,000 sq ft of industrial and trade counter units and a petrol filling station with drive-through coffee unit.
A hybrid planning application for the development has been approved by Horsham District Council, including detailed consent for the first phase, Billingshurst Trade Park, which will comprise 55,000 sq ft of speculatively-developed trade counter space.
Outline permission was granted for the second phase, Billingshurst Business Park, which will comprise 150,000 sq ft of business space, the petrol-filling station and drive-through unit.
Construction is due to start in September 2019 with completion of the first phase expected by July 2020. A pre-let has already been agreed with Euro Garages for the petrol filling station and drive-through unit and talks are at an advanced stage with national trade occupiers.
The development site is north of a 500-home residential development currently under construction, with further residential allocations expected to be brought forward in the local plan in the coming months.
Jeff Hobby, managing director and owner of Dunmoore, said “The granting of planning approval will enable us to deliver a significant amount of much-needed quality business and employment space for Billingshurst.
The calibre of occupiers already signed up to pre-lets shows there is significant dmeand for modern business space in the local area”.