The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to see that progress is being made with regard to the plans for the regeneration of Newhaven. The town has a great capacity for growth, in retail, manufacturing, service industries and housing.
Since the Council purchased the Town Centre lease in 2016, significant and exciting changes have been proposed including the redevelopment of the Town Centre from the swimming pool through to the multi-storey car park. It appears that configuring the layout they could create further retail space and increased food and drink outlets which would support a number of other options including a possible extension to the leisure centre, a 75-bed hotel and 90 residential flats. The addition of a new well designed and lit car park for 317 cars would encourage local shoppers and visitors.
Addressing Newhaven’s Town Centre challenges is key to regeneration and we are pleased to hear, from the report, that there has been significant interest in Newhaven Square with all but one of the properties on the Peacock’s block being let, or with an agreement to let.
President of Newhaven Chamber, Mike Shorer, said ‘although there are several difficult challenges in and around our town, now that we have secured funding from various departments, the Chamber feels that plans can be pushed forward more quickly. One of the main positive aspects that will continue to generate new business is the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, one of 36 Enterprise Zones established across the UK which have attracted over 730 businesses, creating over 30,000 local jobs.
The Chamber will continue to work closely with planners, present businesses and companies wishing to move to the area in an effort to create the regenerated Newhaven we deserve.’