Ambitious plans for a new multi-screen cinema and seven restaurants with a food court within the refurbished Arndale Centre have been given the stamp of approval by town planners.
At a meeting on Tuesday night, an application by the centre owners was given permission which now means developers can begin working on the new look shopping mall.
Simon Russian, the head of retail development at Legal & General Property, which owns the Arndale, welcomed the planning committee decision and thanked people for their ongoing support and encouragement.
“The addition of a high-tech multi-screen cinema and new restaurants to the extension will revitalise the night-time economy of Eastbourne while the 22 large new shops will give the town one of the best shopping offers in the region,” said Mr Russian.
“This is a tremendously exciting development that will attract visitors from across the South of England and act as an important catalyst for Eastbourne’s wider regeneration.”
The new cinema and restaurants raise Legal & General’s total investment in the town to £85 million.
The latest planning application was for some buildings to be demolished to make way for an extension to the existing shopping centre with retail outlets on the ground and first floors, a multi-screen cinema complex on the second floor and a two-storey extension to the existing car park.
There will be a new entrance to the centre where the Gildredge Pub currently is – likely to be marked by a flagship store such as H&M – and new shops along the Diesel Alley stretch of Terminus Road.
The centre owners are also considering whether to change the name of the Arndale as it has no local connection to the town.
Work is expected to start on site in the middle of 2015 with the first phase of retail outlets opening in autumn 2016 and cinema due to open late 2017.