HISTORIC Newhaven Fort will be put out to tender on a long-term lease after Lewes District Council cabinet gave the plan the green light.
The fate of the Victorian fort, a scheduled ancient monument, was discussed this afternoon on Thursday (July 12) at Lewes House.
Councillors voted to allow a third party to provide a mixed use facility.
The fort will be leased long term as a visitor attraction and the council will also look at retaining part of the fort as a potential museum under district council management.
The council will now seek expressions of interest.
Newhaven Fort runs at an annual loss of £200,000 and needs about £6m spent on it to fulfil its potential as a ‘significant visitor attraction’.
Rare and Malcolm Reading Consultants were commissioned in October last year to test the market and deliver a range of options.
They concluded the fort was an ‘under-utilised asset that had the potential to host a wider range of events and activities and have a wider range of commercial and educational functions’.