COAST to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded £3.66 million to West Sussex County Council towards the purchase of the former Novartis site in Horsham.

West Sussex County Council confirmed late last year that it had finalised the purchase of the 18.6 acre site, in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham.

Leader of the County Council Louise Goldsmith said: “I am delighted the LEP has awarded £3.66 million towards the purchase of the site.

“By committing funding, the LEP is showing their confidence in our plans.

“Our ambition is to transform the site into a quality employment and residential development. This is an important development locally.”