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July 8 2014.

A six year plan to increase jobs and housing in Newhaven has been given a £19 million boost. Close partnership working between local councils has secured £10 million for a new port access road in Newhaven and £9 million for flood defences,  including a promise of £6 million form the Environment Agency. Both schemes will open up major sites for housing, employment and new harbour facilities.

Funding for the schemes will come from Local Enterprise Partnerships, following this week’s announcement of the government's “growth deal”. In addition to previously confirmed funding from East Sussex County Council of £13 million, the Coast to Capital LEP will invest a further £10 million on the port access road and in partnership with the South East LEP will contribute £3 million towards improving flood defences.

Councillor Rob Blackman, leader of Lewes District Council said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to create local jobs, improve key infrastructure and demonstrate the regeneration of Newhaven is well on the way. The growth deal is beginning to deliver projects worth millions and we were right to be confident in the benefits that councils working together and with our partners across East and West Sussex really does create a more powerful voice and deliver projects worth millions.

“The preparation of a strategic economic plan for the region has helped deliver investment for flood defences, international support for businesses across the region, major transport schemes and international trade opportunities.”

Councillor Keith Glazier, leader East Sussex County Council, added: “While this is excellent news for Newhaven, the benefit of regeneration in this area will be enjoyed by the whole of East Sussex and the South East.

“As a council, we are committed to encouraging growth in our communities, and believe the latest funding announcement demonstrates the importance of working in partnership to ensure our county gets the investment it deserves.”

Investment in flood defences is expected to create around 5,000 jobs, while the port access road could generate as many as 335 homes.

Ron Crank, Coast to Capital chief executive said: “We need significant investment in our transport infrastructure, in business support and in skills, if we in the UK as a whole, are going to compete internationally. We welcome this investment in our region by the government.”

As well as schemes set to benefit from the Growth Deal, there are a number of exciting economic development projects in Newhaven where funding is already committed, including: A new University Technical College – which will specialise in marine and environmental engineering to support technology- led business growth £13m; The establishment of the Newhaven Growth Quarter on Denton Island £2.25m; Investment in businesses relocating to Newhaven from other parts of the South East circa £2m, and a new transport interchange at Newhaven Station £400k.