At Haywards Heath, the regeneration programme will concentrate on improving retail and entertainment amenities around The Broadway, and the council is looking to relocate into the town centre or onto a new campus at the station. Plans for Burgess Hill will focus on new leisure facilities, such as a cinema or bowling alley, to cut leakage to neighbouring Brighton, Crawley and Horsham.
Thornfield managing director Michael Capocci said: 'Too many commuter towns become neglected in terms of retail and leisure provision. This is something we plan to address through this long-term partnership. We are looking at re-balancing the retail mix in Haywards Heath, particularly for women's fashion, to meet the needs of shoppers who shop elsewhere.'
Donaldsons advised the council on the selection process.