A new business park will be built in a village after plans were approved.

The 12 new business units will be located on a brownfield site in Hilland Farm, Hilland Road, Billingshurst.

The buildings currently on the site were used as a farming enterprise until 2014 when the owner became unwell.

These buildings are now set to be demolished and replaced with new workspaces.

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Commercial Property Associates Ltd, acting on behalf of applicant Sue Crozier, said this business park will meet the needs of small businesses in the area.

The proposal stated that units will be modern and flexible and will help businesses expand and employ more staff.

The site will also have 58 car parking spaces, including disabled parking bays and electric vehicle charging points, and a storage space for bikes to be kept.

Each business unit will have its own entrance and a central area with access to toilets, along with a small kitchenette facility.

Inception Planning said on behalf of the applicant: "The proposed development comprises a modest scale development on a site adjacent to an existing commercial use and located close to the existing settlement area of Billingshurst.

"It is anticipated the starter premises will enable local businesses to grow and prosper and employ additional staff.

"This will support the general local economy through the provision of employment and associated supplier and supply chain services.

"The development will enable jobs to be provided close to local settlements and housing.

"It is anticipated that the occupiers of the premises will be local businesses whose employees are likewise locally based."

They also said the design of the units will be "interesting" and that the layout will not be "dull and dreadfully designed".

A spokesman for Inception Planning said: "It is accepted that the intention is to design a site that looks attractive, will not date and serves the business needs of its future occupiers."

The site will be accessed by the new roundabout recently installed at the new Billingshurst Trade Park.

The plans were approved by Horsham District Council on May 22.