A PUBLIC consultation is being launched into a major revamp of Newhaven port which could see more than 300 new jobs created if plans to regenerate the railway quarter are given the green light.
And the Express can reveal exclusive pictures showing what the development will look like.
Developer Arrowcroft has launched a public consultation website which provides residents with details on the proposal, along with the public exhibition to be held early next year, allowing Arrowcroft to collect valuable local feedback before a detailed planning application is submitted to Lewes District Council in the New Year.
The plans include improved entrance to the port, a brand new ferry terminal building, improved passenger and freight vehicle stacking facilities, the restoration of the vacant listed workshop buildings and a new public riverside board walk.
A new foodstore providing around 350 new jobs, which includes 50-75 part time roles, could also be built alongside the river.
There would also be improved parking facilities and a new transport interchange providing a better connection to the town centre and a new attractive setting for Newhaven Town Railway Station.
Arrowcroft said it anticipates the project will stimulate economic growth and revitalise Newhaven town centre. Daniel Carter, development director for Arrowcroft said :“Railway quarter will not only improve the physical appearance of the area and the river front, providing a new gateway to Newhaven, but will be a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the town, attracting visitors, creating jobs and encouraging increased use of the Port. We look forward to sharing our plans with local residents via the website and at the exhibition and receiving feedback.”
Arrowcroft has already received support for the railway quarter scheme from MP Norman Baker. On his website, Mr Baker said: “I have always believed that the town has great potential and it is about time that Newhaven received the right sort of investment.”
The railway quarter scheme also has the full support of Newhaven Port, and the ferry operator Transmanche Ferries. A spokesman for Newhaven Port said: “The proposed development delivers one of the five key strategic priorities outlined in the emerging Port Master Plan. The scheme will also provide new facilities for ferry passengers, contributing to its continued success and the positive role it plays in the town’s and the region’s economy.” You can take part in the online consultation by visiting www.railwayquarternewhaven.co.uk,