Regeneration plans to be considered by council

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DEVELOPER Arrowcroft has now submitted its scheme to regenerate Railway Quay in Newhaven to planners.

The proposal includes a Tesco supermarket, a riverside boardwalk and renovating the vacant listed marine workshops.

Local engineers Helmsley Orrell have been instructed by the owners to demolish the existing derelict boardwalk and are due to start this work in the next few weeks.

Development director for Arrowcroft Daniel Carter said: “We have received some fantastic feedback from local residents who, like us, are keen to revitalise Newhaven and stimulate economic growth.

“An awful lot of people have told us that the regeneration of Railway Quay is long overdue, so now is the time for the local community to make their views known to Lewes District Council.”

The scheme will include an improved entrance to Newhaven Port, a new ferry terminal building and improved passenger and freight vehicle stacking facilities and the restoration of the vacant listed marine workshops and carpenter’s shop buildings.

A new food store providing around 350 new jobs will be built, improved parking facilities and a new transport interchange.

The scheme is supported by the landowners West Register and Newhaven Port and Properties.

If planning permission is granted, the scheme should be open to the public in 2014.

Tesco this week said it was committed to moving into the store and many local residents backed the scheme too.

Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, which would lease the food store at Railway Quarter, said: “Tesco is fully committed to moving into the food store at Railway Quarter should planning consent be granted.”

To comment on the scheme visit www.lewes.gov.uk.