February 9, 2016

10 good reasons to move to Haywards Heath

Welcome to Haywards Heath, the heart of Mid Sussex says the sign as you approach this popular commuter town of approx. 23,000 inhabitants. Set on the border of East and West Sussex, Haywards Heath started to develop in the mid-1800s when the railway came to town, connecting London with the South Coast.

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If you are considering whether Haywards Heath is the perfect place to call home, here are 10 good reasons that may convince you to take the right decision.
1.       Rail Connections
Haywards Heath is strategically located on the London to Brighton mainline rail link, which is what makes the town so popular with commuters. The train service is excellent; you can be in London (Victoria or London Bridge) in less than an hour, or in Brighton in 20 minutes heading south. There are frequent direct trains to Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal which takes less than 15 minutes travelling time.

2.       Road Links
Situated 12 miles north of Brighton and 35 miles south of London, Haywards Heath has great transport links. The A23 will take you to Brighton and the South Coast in less than 30 minutes, while the M23 at Crawley provides easy access to Gatwick Airport and on towards the M25. There are good secondary roads connecting the pretty Mid Sussex villages, often with picturesque views across the countryside.

3.       Countryside
It has to be said that Haywards Heath is blessed to be surrounded by so much beautiful scenery. The South Downs National Park is nearby, as is the Ashdown Forest AONB. The Great Gardens of Sussex – Borde Hill, High Beeches, Nymans (NT) and Wakehurst Place (part of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) – are all within easy reach. In the town centre, Victoria Park provides some respite from the urban environment.

4.       Town Centre
Haywards Heath town centre is compact and easily accessible for both pedestrian and motorists. Building works are currently in progress to redevelop the railway station and add a new Waitrose supermarket, due for completion in 2016. There is a large variety of housing stock, ranging from grand Victorian and Edwardian detached villas and a good choice of post-war houses through to new housing development around the outskirts of the town.

5.       Surrounding Villages
Haywards Heath is flanked by Cuckfield to the west and Lindfield to the east, two particularly charming villages that attract much attention. Lindfield’s pretty pond and historic high street makes it a destination for tourists as well as locals, while Cuckfield village is fast becoming a boutique shopping destination.

6.       Schools
There’s a good selection of decent primary and secondary schools in the Haywards Heath area. Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath and Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield cater for secondary school students up to GCSE, and there is a 6th Form College too. Private schools include Ardingly College (3-18 years) and Worth School (11-18 years) in nearby Turners Hill, as well as Prep Schools Great Walstead (Lindfield) and Cumnor House (Danehill).

7.       Eating Out
Haywards Heath is well served with a great choice of high street cafes and restaurants for all tastes, mostly clustered around The Broadway. There are some lovely country gastropubs in the vicinity, including The Witch Inn (Lindfield), Coach and Horses (Danehill), The Talbot (Cuckfield) and The Griffin (Fletching). Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill and Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield are popular destinations for fine dining.

8.       Arts & Leisure
Now in its 6th year, the Lindfield Arts Festival is the highlight of the annual arts calendar. Local amenities in Haywards Heath include an indoor swimming pool, and a performing arts centre at Clair Hall. However, with Brighton’s vibrant art and music scene only a short train ride away, Haywards Heath has never had any ambitions to compete.

9.       Politics
The constituency of Mid Sussex has had the same MP since 1997 – Sir Nicholas Soames (Conservative), the former Defence Minister and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.

10.   Landmark
As the train approaches Haywards Heath from Balcombe in the north, it passes over the Ouse Valley Viaduct, a majestic brick-built structure designed by the Victorian architect David Mocatta. Much photographed and hauntingly beautiful 175 years after it was built in 1841, the 450 metre long Balcombe Viaduct is a monument to British engineering as well as a powerful reminder that you have arrived in the heart of Sussex.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working alongside a selection of companies including local business HuntersEstate Agent, who were consulted over this post.