PLANS for a major regeneration project in Newhaven, which could bring 400 new jobs to the town, have been submitted to the council.
Proposals have been drawn up to completely redevelop the Eastside site in Newhaven with plans for 190 new homes, a 40,000 square foot ASDA store, petrol filling station and 14 other commercial units.
It will also deliver the first phase of the port access road. It is thought the development could bring around 400 new jobs to the town.
The plans have now been submitted to Lewes District Council by developer Avalon Newhaven LLP in conjunction with ASDA stores LTD and Barratt Homes.
Town mayor, Steve Saunders said he thought the news was positive for the town, but stressed the site has many problems to overcome including flooding and access. He said: “We are always pleased to see any applications from developers looking to invest in Newhaven.
“It shows that we are a town worth looking at positively for growth and investment.
“The fact that we are seeing developers more and more wishing to engage with us at an early stage of the consultation process, means that we can through our local knowledge, ensure that we get the best for the town and that the designers can incorporate ideas that will help make the project a long-term success for everyone.
“We are waiting to see the latest draft for this application, which is still with the Lewes District Planning Department and hope to continue our discussions with Asda and Barratt Homes. Affordable homes and job opportunities are high on the list of priorities for our town, but this site has many problems to overcome including flooding and access, together with how these plans fit in with the future development of the remainder of the East Side area as a whole. We must try to ensure that whatever is finally agreed, meets with our long-term plans for the sustainable regeneration of the town for our community.”
Following feedback from the community, the initial ideas of including a hotel and pub have been dropped. The developer said the plans have been designed to ensure good links between the new homes and the recreational park, and between the site and the town centre.
A spokesman for Avalon Newhaven said: “We are very excited to be submitting our plans for Eastside. It has taken us a while but we wanted to get the proposals right. We want to thank the local community for their patience and continued support for the project.”