August 2022: Wealden is applying for a grant of £19.8m to help towards the cost of a new £43m Health and Wellbeing Hub as phase one of the ambitious Hailsham Aspires scheme to regenerate Hailsham town centre.

The plans encompass a new leisure centre – to replace the existing ageing Freedom Leisure Centre – with a range of new facilities promoting physical activity for all, and a long-awaited new medical centre co-located with the leisure centre, and shared amenities supporting better health outcomes. 

The full press release can be viewed here A bid for almost £20m of the government’s Levelling up Fund has been made by Wealden District Council.

December 2021: After all the various constraints and challenges this year, we are now able to share the findings of Wealden District Council’s engagement exercise.

Response levels were, understandably, lower than before, but there are some useful messages for the Council about the proposals for the Hailsham Aspires scheme.

The project team is reviewing work to date in the light of the findings, and to take account of changes in post-COVID requirements and opportunities.

It is already clear that there is appetite for an innovative approach to health and well-being. This is likely to include new GP health facilities alongside a new leisure & physical activity centre. Please see the following Hailsham Aspires Masterplan Options Consultation Summary Report (pdf) 

April 2021: Thank you to all of those that took part in our recent consultation on the three masterplan options for Hailsham town centre. We are currently reviewing the feedback given and using it to create a preferred masterplan for the town. You can view information on the three masterplan options here: Masterplan Options Consultation

January 2021: ‘Hailsham Aspires’ is now launching the next stage of stakeholder engagement to understand residents’ thoughts on three different masterplan options for the town centre.

We are now looking for feedback on what you like and what you like less about each masterplan option, and which elements you would prefer to see in a new option by taking part in the consultation survey from 18th January to 14th March. Feedback can be provided by visiting here, calling freephone 0800 368 7592 or emailing HailshamAspires@wealden.gov.uk . 

The full press release can be viewed here; Have Your Say on plans for the regeneration of Hailsham Town Centre

October 2020: Following on from an initial successful consultation period in 2019 with more than 800 respondents, Hailsham Aspires is now launching further stakeholder engagement to understand thoughts on the project brief and guiding principles for the Hailsham Aspires masterplan.

We are currently engaging with key stakeholders to understand thoughts on the foundations of the development’s masterplan and will be launching a wider public consultation stage in January 2021 so that everyone has an opportunity to have their say on the masterplan. 

The full press release can be viewed here; ‘Hailsham Aspires’ Launches Next Stage of Consultation

July 2020: Phase Two of the Hailsham Aspires project to enhance the town centre has begun. This involves drawing up a range of possible options for the layout and zoning of the Vicarage Field site, ahead of a further stage of public consultation. Brighton-based Architects Conran and Partners are taking the lead after the Hailsham Aspires Sponsor Board approved the draft project brief. This was presented by project managers, Mott MacDonald. Once the range of options becomes clearer, there will be opportunities for everyone with an interest in the future sustainability of the town centre to get involved.

The full press release can be viewed here; Next Steps for Hailsham Aspires

May 2020: Award-winning architects Conran and Partners have been appointed to lead the design brief for the prestigious Hailsham Aspires project. Conran and Partners is joined on the Hailsham Aspires design team by environmental engineers Hilson Moran, civil and structural engineers AKT II, planning consultants Lambert Smith Hampton, and community engagement specialists Snapdragon at PLMR. Mott MacDonald, global management, engineering and development consultants, have been appointed to project manage the proposed town centre regeneration scheme. They will co-ordinate the design team and provide development, project and cost management services.

The full press release announcing the appointment of the Hailsham Aspires design team can be viewed here; Top team lined up for Hailsham Aspires

Feb 2020: The findings of the Hailsham Aspires consultation point the way ahead for a future-looking, modern market town which respects its existing heritage. Residents and visitors would like to see more green and open spaces in the heart of the town, restaurants, a public space for cultural activities and easier access.The first phase of consultation ran from 12 August 2019 to 12 November 2019. The focus at this stage was to explore the aspirations of those that live, work in or visit Hailsham for the next 10-15 years. These views will now help us to inform the design team in their work to bring forward regeneration proposals for the Vicarage Field shopping area, District Council offices, the Leisure Centre and the nearby car parks. Further opportunities to get involved and input into the design will be available in due course.

The full press release , including a link to the full report can be viewed here; Aspiring for a better Hailsham