Multi-million pound boost to the local economy

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has announced today that it intends to purchase the former Novartis site in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham.

These plans represent a multi-million pound boost to the local economy and the West Sussex health and life sciences sector.

The County Council had its bid for the site accepted in summer 2015 and since that time they have been working on the business case for this development opportunity.

Subject to planning approval, their ambition is to develop a new science and business park for med tech, life sciences and related businesses, with a third of the site set aside for residential development.

This is a real coup for the County and represents a lot of hard work to get to this stage, and a lot more hard work going forward.

The rewards will be considerable both for our existing health and life sciences cluster and for the wider county, and firmly supports the Council’s key priority to grow the local economy.

A marketing agent is currently being appointed to seek partners to take the development forward.

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