Proposals for first development in St Leonards business park

The single-storey building including workshops, a showroom, offices, a staff common room, canteen and car park
The single-storey building including workshops, a showroom, offices, a staff common room, canteen and car park

A firm could be the first to move into a business park in St Leonards if plans get the go-ahead.

Sea Change Sussex is bringing forward proposals for the first development on the North Queensway Innovation Park in St Leonards, a facility for Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd.

The scheme is for a 30,000 sq ft single-storey building including workshops, a showroom, offices, a staff common room, canteen and car park.

The building would be on a plot immediately to the right of the entrance from Queensway.

The furniture company is currently based in premises in Woodlands Way, off The Ridge.

Sea Change is showing the proposals to nearby residents for their comments before submitting a planning application for the scheme in the near future.

The North Queensway Innovation Park is approximately 12 acres in size.

Sea Change said it is capable of accommodating up to 120,000 sq ft of business premises and is part of the firm’s programme to develop business sites and premises in order to secure and grow local job opportunities, as envisaged in the borough council’s Local Plan.

Locate East Sussex, a business support service, helped Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd in securing the relocation.

It gave advice to the furniture makers, as the company’s current site on The Ridge, had been earmarked for residential development.

Locate East Sussex introduced its managing director Steve Smedley to Sea Change Sussex to discuss opportunities at North Queensway Innovation Park.

Adam Berger, location service manager at Locate East Sussex, said: “I’m delighted the advice we gave Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd and our introduction to Sea Change Sussex has proved so useful.

“We are experts at giving impartial advice on business location and our close working relationship with local authorities, commercial agents and developers means we are best placed to provide information about key development sites.”

A Sea Change spokesman said: “Sea Change has already cleared plots on the Innovation Park and created a junction from Queensway and entrance into the site. The company has been involved in discussions with several potential occupiers, with Michael Tyler’s the first occupier scheme to be designed.

“If the scheme goes ahead, Sea Change would at the same time install drainage and develop part of the site road network to provide access and services to the facility. The works would also include the planting of trees, wildflowers and grasses to reinforce the natural screening between the new building and the High Beech Chalet Park to the north-west.”

If the scheme receives planning consent this year, construction is likely to take place in 2016.

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