Timetable for Newhaven regeneration scheme

ASDA COULD be open in October next year and the first homes on sale the following spring if planning permission is granted in May for the Eastside site development in Newhaven.

A timetable of delivery of the scheme, including up to 190 homes - 48 affordable, 400 new jobs, 14 commercial units and a new port access road, was revealed by Avalon Newhaven LLP, Asda and Barratt Homes following feedback from Newhaven Town Council’s Big Planning Event on March 14.

The developers said they were on-site now, would recruit for construction workers for the road and store in June and to build homes in January 2013.

Building the Asda store would start early next year, with recruitment for staff in March 2013.

The first phase of the port access road would open in September next year and the second phase in 2015.

Since the Big Planning Event, 23 comments in suppport of the plans were added to more than 50 already received by the council.

A spokesperson for Avalon said: “We were keen to show how ours are different from the other plans being suggested for Newhaven.

“We can guarantee deliverability, no-one else can.

“Together, Avalon, ASDA and Barratt Homes own the land, have the funds in place and the agreement for our roads plans.

“No-one else is as advanced as us.

“One developer has already abandoned their plans for the town and the other has serious issues to address before they are ready to go before the Lewes planning committee.”

Rob Philips, planning manager at Barratt Homes, said: “Feedback from the community for our plans was overwhelmingly positive.

“One of the main questions we were asked was ‘when can you start’.

“We wanted to provide more details and let people know when the plans will be delivered if the council give our plans the go-ahead.”

Chris Martin, senior property communications manager for Asda, said: “If the council had said ‘yes’ to us back in January we would already be recruiting.

“We would urge, and so would the local community, that the council does not delay any further.

“At the Big Planning Event, many residents, who currently drive to shop at our stores at Brighton Marina and Hollingbury, wanted an Asda store to be built on Eastside as soon as possible.

“They complained that the high cost of fuel was making their weekly shop very expensive. They wanted an Asda store in Newhaven.

“The longer we wait for a decision, the longer Newhaven has to wait for the jobs and investment that it is crying out for.”