Final decision due on Asda and 190 homes scheme in Newhaven

Newhaven Eastside
Newhaven Eastside

A proposal to build 190 homes and an Asda in Newhaven will go before Lewes District Council’s planning committee again next week.

It was approved by councillors in May, on the condition that developer, Avalon, increased the amount of money it contributed to open/recreation space in the town - originally the developer was offering £20,000, now it is £851,000.

The planning committee is being asked to consider granting outline planning permission now the section 106 money has been secured.

When a large development is built, it can have an impact on services, such as public transport or schools, so the developer is asked to make a section 106 financial contribution to offset the impact.

It will make its final decision at a meeting at County Hall in Lewes on Wednesday December 12 at 5pm.

The scheme includes 190 Barratt Homes, office or light industrial commercial space, car parking and a petrol station.

Around 75 per cent of the overall site area will be devoted to homes. A total of 25 per cent of the homes will be affordable and reserved for local people.

The development should generate 450 jobs, with 350 jobs in the supermarket and 100 jobs in the commercial element of the scheme.

A port access road has been a long term objective of the county council, although Newhaven Port said over the long term there might be a need for a port access road. But the port added given the likely costs of the access road, there was more value in directing resources to other projects, such as the operations base for E.On’s offshore wind farm.

More than 50 people wrote to the council in favour of the scheme, with just two against.

The council’s retail consultant said the town centre’s vitality and viability could only withstand one more supermarket in Newhaven. The consultant added that the Co-op might change to a convenience store format if this is approved.