May 15 2012.

Arrowcroft, the developer behind the Railway Quarter project in Newhaven, has reiterated its confidence in its scheme ahead of next week's planning committee meeting, after receiving 410 messages of support from local residents.

The proposal, which includes a new foodstore, which will provide 350 full and part time jobs, restoration of the derelict listed buildings for leisure facilities, a new entrance to the port, a public riverside boardwalk and an improved transport interchange, will be determined by Lewes District Council's planning committee at Tideway School on Wednesday 23rd May.

Arrowcroft's public consultation exercise, which took place from December 2011 to March 2012, enabled Arrowcroft to engage with hundreds of local residents, many of whom contributed comments and questions through the completion of a consultation questionnaire which revealed that 86% of participants support the Railway Quarter proposal.

Arrowcroft has continued to receive messages of support from the public and 310 local residents have contacted Lewes District Council's Planning Department pledging their support for the project.

The Railway Quarter scheme has been formulated by Arrowcroft to address local and national planning policy, to fulfil the following:

• bringing back into use derelict land rather than developing a greenfield site

• not leading to the loss of employment land which is crucial to the future success of the town

• being designed to have very good linkages with the town centre, avoiding the negative impact an out-of-centre scheme could have

• providing access to the Port which the Port Authority favours and which would not require any public money

Daniel Carter, Development Director for Arrowcroft, said: "We've had an overwhelming response to our proposal for Railway Quarter since we first launched our consultation in December 2011 and our correspondence with local residents has been both informative and encouraging.

"Newhaven has made it abundantly clear that it is desperate for economic re-generation, but not at the expense of the town centre. The Railway Quarter proposal, if approved, will redevelop derelict land just 150m from Newhaven's main shopping area and provide improved links between the development itself, the Railway Station and the town centre. Combined with the impressive new entrance to the port, we believe that the Railway Quarter project will support the vitality of the town centre and re-establish Newhaven as a prosperous British seaside town.

"Newhaven Town Council's recent People's Report highlighted a number of clear aspirations Newhaven residents have for their town, including improvements to the appearance of Railway Quay and the derelict buildings, and the need for wider regeneration. Railway Quarter delivers all of these and more and will be a catalyst for further improvements to the town.

"We would like to thank all who have supported our proposal over the past few months. We have every confidence that Lewes District Council will make the right decision at next week's meeting, a decision that reflects the huge support Railway Quarter has from the town's residents."

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