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March 13 2012.

Avalon Newhaven LLP's investment plans for the Eastside site in Newhaven will be on display at Newhaven Town Council's 'Big Planning Event' tomorrow, 14th March.

As well as having a display, members of the team from ASDA, Barratt Homes and their professional advisers, will all be on hand to discuss the proposals and answer questions. The Eastside scheme includes:

- Up to 190 new homes, including 48 much-needed affordable homes.

- 400 new jobs for local people.

- Significant investment in Newhaven's infrastructure, including delivering the first phase of the new Port Access Road.

- A 40,000 square foot nett ASDA store with a petrol station.

- 14 flexible commercial units in a range of sizes.

Avalon's proposals are more advanced than the others that will be on display, having already been considered once by Lewes District Council's planning committee.

The other projects have been given a deadline of 31st March to 'catch-up' with Avalon's plans and be ready for a planning committee meeting in May.

A spokesperson for Avalon said: "We think that the Town Council deserves great credit for organising this event. They are really giving the community a chance to get involved in the future of the town.

"We think that people will be particularly interested in East Sussex County Council's recent decision to make a capital allowance allocation to the Port Access Road. That decision means that together with our investment, the complete road, and all the benefits it brings, is now fully achievable."

Rob Philips, Planning Manager at Barratt Homes said: "Our plans will bring long-term benefits and future development opportunities for Newhaven. They are the key to unlocking new possibilities making our proposals unique. We already have clear support from the community, but this event gives us another chance to engage with them.

"It is estimated that the new homes could generate, through new residents spending power, an additional £4 million per annum in indirect expenditure in the local area and will deliver additional funds to the Council through the New Homes Bonus, around £2 million."

Chris Martin, Senior Property Communications Manager, ASDA said: "We want to continue to work with the community and we would like to thank all those who have already contributed. Our proposals evolved following feedback from public exhibitions in September 2009 and March 2011 - no other proposals in Newhaven have engaged as we have.

"A significant number of people also took the time to write directly to Lewes District Council in support of our application but they were dismissed by the planning committee. At its meeting in May, the committee has a chance to do the right thing by Newhaven, listen to the community and approve these plans."

The 'Big Planning' event will take place on Wednesday 14th March at the Hillcrest Community Centre, 10am-7pm