NEWHAVEN Port said its masterplan could attract more than 750 jobs to the area over the next five to ten years.
The port already supports the employment of more than 500 people – ten per cent of the local working population.
The five key strategic objectives of the masterplan include: maintain the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry route, increase customers and sensitively redevelop Railway Quay; invest in infrastructure to establish clean technology and renewable energy business cluster, build on success of existing local businesses and opportunities in offshore wind; increase international trade through the port with a focus on future growth areas such as renewable energy supplies and invest in infrastructure for the continued development of the fishing and leisure marine sectors and enhancing the natural marine environment by establishing a public access conservation area on port land.
Other proposals include a centre for trade and offshore wind at East Quay, tourism, leisure and retail at Railway Quay, cargo and waste recycling at North Quay, fishing and marine leisure at West Quay and for an ecological conservation centre at Tide Mills.
A planning application for redeveloping Railway Quay has been submitted by Arrowcroft.
NPP has invested heavily in the port and is now in the midst of a further £3m programme of improvements, including around £400,000 for marine leisure boating facilities, around £1.3m for the fishing industry and around £1m for maintaining and improving waterways.
NPP chairman Patrick Jeanne said: “Newhaven Port is the heart and soul of Newhaven. We are very aware that regeneration of Newhaven must start with, and be led by, regeneration of the Port.
“Our focus is therefore on building on economic activity in Newhaven, supporting new industries such as offshore wind, and creating jobs to reinvigorate the town with the port at its centre.”