Update: At their meeting on 12th July, Crowborough Town Council agreed to appoint Basepoint to develop and operate the Enterprise Hub.
The Town Council is now inviting organisations interested in running the Enterprise Hub in Crowborough to meet with them for talks.
The building is shortly to be in the Town Council’s control and has the funding already allocated for promoting and assisting new/embryonic businesses in the region and catering for a lack of suitable premises of this sort in the region.
It is expected that one of the leading operators in the country Basepoint will express formal interest in running the Hub. They already have Business Centres in Newhaven and Haywards Heath.
Since the Town Council made the offer to buy Pine Grove in October 2015, the negotiation process has been drawn-out with numerous extraordinary Town Council meetings being held as the two Councils agreed conditions of sale. This included a session when Leader of Wealden District Council and others were invited to thrash-out the deal, which included an ‘overage’ clause. The condition (details still unknown to the public) means Wealden District Council would receive a financial clawback if the Town Council were to sell the building on at a profit.
On Wednesday 20th April, Crowborough Town Council met to discuss their recent application for change of use. Although Councillors decided to appeal the recent D1 planning decision, they agreed by a vote of 9-7, to proceed with the purchase of the building. This should mean the two Councils will complete on the sale of the building, and the transfer of the freeholds of the Community Centre and Bluebell Wood, without future delay.
The document which can be downloaded from the Town Council’s website invites operators to meet with them during the week commencing 6th June to convey their ‘thoughts and vision’ for delivering a commercially viable Business Centre / Serviced Office Centre in Crowborough.