Business support service Locate East Sussex is supporting plans for a business corridor linking Queensway and the A21 which could create up to 1,370 jobs.
Locate East Sussex, which helps businesses grow by providing assistance with location decisions and access to funding, has welcomed the proposal submitted to Hastings Borough Council this week by economic development company Sea Change Sussex.
The scheme would create three areas for mini industrial estates and has the added benefit of easing potential road congestion on The Ridge when the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) opens.
The mile-long corridor would run between Queensway and Sedlescombe Road North in St Leonards on land owned by the borough and county councils, and would create a business growth corridor extending from the BHLR up to the A21.
If approved, building work could start in the New Year.
Philip Johnson, director of Locate East Sussex, said: “This is a fantastic plan as it will open access to areas that have been earmarked in the Hastings Local Plan for employment for some time, as well as easing pressure on the road network.
“It will provide Hastings businesses with space to expand as well as attracting new companies from outside the county, potentially creating more than 1,000 new jobs. This project would bring tangible benefits to the local economy.”
He added that the opening of the first half-mile stretch of the BHLR between the junction of the A259 Belle Hill and A269 London Road and Ninfield Road Bridge last week was an important milestone.
“The link road is a key factor in bringing in more investment to the area and creating more jobs.
“Bexhill Enterprise Park is a particularly exciting development, supporting up to 3,000 new jobs.
“The road will enable a massive area to be opened up for commercial development, as well as relieving major congestion along the A259 between Hastings and Bexhill.”
Construction work on the link road is 60 per cent completed and the project is on track to be finished by next spring.
Locate East Sussex is funded by a partnership of East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Rother District Council and Wealden District Council.