Hastings, East Sussex TN35 4SE
Who We Are
Farm Business Park provides quality rural workspace in both
redundant former agricultural, and purpose built industrial
buildings. These are designed to enhance the High Weald Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in which Westfield is situated.
The business park is based in a former farm yard on the edge
of the village of Westfield, near Battle and Hastings, East
Sussex. Conversions started in 1986 with the first of two redundant
poultry houses, followed by a concrete framed barn in 1989/90,
and subsequent new build in 1991, 1994, 2000 and 2002.
is a total of approximately 40,000 sq ft, of which 15,000 sq ft
are conversions, in eight buildings with unit sizes varying from
900 sq ft to 7,000 sq ft. There are ten businesses on site; joinery
and wood turning, metal work, aeroplane restoration, rope supplier and
kitchen waste unit maker. There are about
60 people employed on the site, the vast majority of whom are
local, a significant number coming from the village of Westfield
Farm has three phase electricity, mains drainage and is broadband
enabled. There is more than adequate parking together with plenty
of space to unload vehicles and turn round easily. The business
park adjoins farmland with extensive footpaths, ponds and tree
planting so making for a very pleasant environment to work in.
It is also close to the village with its shops.
Businesses tend to stay at Wheel Farm for a number of years
- with the average length of time being about eight years. Since
1987 only six businesses have left (three retirements and two
downsized and 1 bought out). Many businesses have expanded into bigger units
on site rather than move away.
Rother District Draft Planning Strategy to 2011, includes provision
of a further % acre at Wheel Farm to " provide further local
employment opportunities on a well-screened site, adjoining existing
parking for recent Bl development and neatly contained by the
stream and proposed footpath diversion ". This should give
a further 11,000 sq ft of new space and be a logical rounding
off of the site.