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£5.5m Sussex performance venue wins backing of local council

Burgess Hill town centre. Photo: Shutterstock
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Proposals for a new £5.5 million performing arts venue in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, have been approved by the local town council.

The venue, which will be for both professional and community use, will include a flexible main space with retractable raked seating for 250 people that will be used for performances, dances, banquets, conferences and other events.

There will also be rehearsal space, flexible meeting rooms, changing areas and front-of-house and catering facilities.

Currently unnamed, it will be built on the site of former entertainment venue Martlets Hall, which closed in July 2018 and is to be demolished.

A formal planning application will now go before Mid Sussex District council, and, if the plans are approved, it is hoped the building will be completed in 2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has already approved a £3 million loan towards the project, of which singer Vera Lynn is a patron.

Burgess Hill Town Council leader Pru Moore said: “This is a very important venue for the town. It will enable both professional and community groups to perform in a high-quality venue that will be affordable for everyone.

“We are very keen to attract professional performers to Burgess Hill, where we are all very excited by the opportunities this venue will provide.”

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