Convenience store could form part of Harbourside Inn conversion in Newhaven

NEWHAVEN: Harbourside pub. 6-3-09
NEWHAVEN: Harbourside pub. 6-3-09

A planning application has been submitted to turn the ground floor of the Harbourside pub in Newhaven into a convenience store.

Applicants Marichian Newhaven ltd want to demolish the existing ancillary buildings, expand the car park and convert the upper floors to form six one bedroom flats.

The planning application also includes building five two bedroom homes at the back of the site and providing new access on Gibbon Road.

The applicant Marichian Newhaven Ltd has applied for planning permission to Lewes District Council.

Planning permission was previously granted in July 2012 to pub owner Flora Papanicolaou to convert the main building into 11 one bedroom flats.

The garden area to the south west was to have two semi detached houses fronting Gibbon Road built on it.

And to the west of the site, a terrace of five two storey two-bedroom houses was to be built.

There would also be a central parking courtyard for 21 cars.

In the new designs there will be a shop space of 300 square metres on the ground floor of the former pub.

There will be eight parking spaces for visitors to the shop.

No extensions to the pub are proposed and there will be no external alterations to the Fort Road and Gibbon Road sides of the pub.

There also will be 11 parking spaces for the homes and flats.

The Victorian architectural features on the outside of the building will remain, as will the main entrance, said the developer.

However the external stairs will be removed from the Gibbon Road side and two double garage doors will be added to the northern side so the existing function room can be turned into a garage.

The Harbourside Inn opened in 1891 as the Sheffield Hotel and retained this name until a few years ago.

It was a reference to Lord Sheffield of Sheffield Park, a major Newhaven landowner at the time, who gave the land for Fort Road Recreation Ground to the town.

According to local historian Ian Everest, during the 1890s there were at least twenty five pubs in the Newhaven area.

There are now less than half of these still in business.

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