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November 10th, 2017.

Newly formed group Newhaven Community Action is asking local people to object to a proposed new concrete and aggregates plant.

“The promise for Newhaven regeneration on this site was clean green and marine development, which would create jobs for the future, benefiting from a government tax break in exchange,” said spokesperson Emily O’Brien on behalf of the group.

“This is the wrong development in the wrong place. It doesn’t create enough jobs, and far from being clean and green it will mean a huge additional amount of traffic congestion and air pollution, adding 148 extra HGV journeys per day.”

The group points out that although diesel road pollution already breaches legal limits, Newhaven is expected to shoulder hundreds more houses over the next few years, more than anywhere else in the county, already adding pressure to the roads. They are concerned that there is no assessment of the health impact, ignoring the government guidance, and that the traffic assessment doesn’t model the actual impact on traffic flows.

The group argues that health, leisure and tourism will also be damaged by the impact on the town’s remaining accessible beach and the famous views from Seaford Bay, Seaford Head and Newhaven Fort. Newhaven’s East Beach is recognised as an important site for wildlife and lies within the Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere area and at the edge of the South Downs National Park.

The group says that the Town Council, MP Maria Caulfield and councillors from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Parties have all spoken out strongly against the development but say that the opposition of politicians is not enough.

Emily O’Brien explains: “It is vital for as many people as possible to contact East Sussex County Council planning department before the 22nd of December with their objections. It only takes a few minutes using an online form, or you can write or email with reference number LW/799/CM(EIA). Valid objections include air quality, traffic, impact on health and wellbeing, and the visual impact. The more objections there are, the more likely this proposal will be rejected.”

To see the planning application CLICK HERE

There is more information on the group's Facebook page at