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December 20 2012

Lewes District Council welcomes alternative redevelopment and regeneration proposals for the Railway Quay land in Newhaven following the recent refusal of the planning applications by Arrowcroft Ltd.

Councillor Tom Jones, Lead Member for Planning at Lewes District Council said: "Although the planning committee's decision was consistent with the decision made earlier in the year, we will continue to make every effort to find solutions for the regeneration of the Railway Quay land as part of our commitment to wider regeneration initiatives in Newhaven, that the Council is vigorously pursuing on many fronts.

"We welcome alternative redevelopment and regeneration proposals for this land that can overcome the fundamental highways objections raised by East Sussex County Council as Highway Authority. It could be that a mixed use regeneration scheme of a smaller scale and innovative ideas for use of the former warehouse and existing buildings may provide a scheme that local residents find attractive and the community can support".

The Planning Committee granted permission, subject to the completion of the required Section 106 agreement, for the Eastside applications, LW/11/0634 and LW/11/0635 by Asda Stores Ltd, Barratt Homes and Avalon Newhaven LLP.

Councillor Jones continued: "Whilst recognising the advantages of the Railway Quay scheme for refurbishment of the East Quay area, the acceptability of the scheme was always dependant on finding an acceptable highways solution, which regrettably had not been achieved. The approval of the application by Asda, Barratt Homes and Avalon will boost local housing supply, including a valuable contribution of affordable housing for local people."