Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP) has welcomed Lewes District Council’s decision to approve its port expansion plans, stating the development is ‘of critical importance to the regeneration of Newhaven town’.
Councillors voted seven to two in favour of the plans to build a new berth and slipway at the southern end of the East Quay, and deepen the channel to allow larger ships to dock.
A statement released on behalf of the NPP directors said: “NPP’s Board of Directors is delighted with the decision of the Planning Committee to approve Newhaven Port Development. This is good news not only for the port but also for Newhaven, it is widely agreed that the regeneration of Newhaven port is of critical importance to the regeneration of Newhaven town.
“In addition, this port development is a major opportunity for Lewes District and East Sussex County to attract new businesses and activities generating employment.
“Newhaven has been chosen by E.ON as the operations and construction management port for the Rampion wind farm. This is a major, long-term economic opportunity for Newhaven that could generate up to 350 permanent jobs from the wind farm itself, and from associated and follow on investments.
“It will also provide job opportunities for students graduating from the new UTC which is being constructed within the port, and which is focussed on marine and renewable energy engineering.
“The allocation of a significant part of the existing port to offshore wind means that NPP is now desperately short of quayside access for visiting vessels and land for cargo, engineering and support areas.
“The area to the east of the port has been allocated as ‘port expansion land’ for many years in the local strategic plans. To offset this, NPP will be providing a 3.5 hectare nature conservation area between the port and SDNP.
“There has been extensive local and statutory consultation, both on the Masterplan and on this project, which is generally well supported, and NPP has been working with principal objector groups to reassure them and resolve their concerns.
“The approval of Newhaven Port Development is essential for the modernisation and improvement of the port so that it can capture more of the opportunities presented by the offshore wind, marine and renewable energy markets.”
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