Public inquiry over Eastbourne Arndale extension

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A public inquiry will take place next month after several businesses continue to object to the redevelopment of the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne.

A government inspector will hold the inquiry from November 24 when businesses and residents affected by the £85 million extension to the shopping complex can make their concern.

Eastbourne Borough Council wants to make a compulsory purchase order on several properties so the extension of the Arndale – which will see 22 new shops, seven restaurants and a nine screen cinema – can go ahead.

Some 25 businesses, organisations and individuals objected to the compulsory purchase order and while some have settled with the council and PRLP, the company behind the extension, a handful of not which has prompted the public inquiry.

Among those objecting and included in public documents are Game Retail Limited, Astra Casino Gaming Limited, Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, Costa Limited, Arcadia Group Limited, Specsavers, Value Treat Limited and McDonalds Real Estate.

A council spokesperson said that the council was endeavouring to “progress negotiations with those whose interests will be the subject of acquisition and agree relocation arrangements where applicable”.

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He said, “The council and PRLP are committed to acquiring the required interests by agreement wherever possible.

“Negotiations are currently ongoing and will continue beyond confirmation of the order if agreement cannot be reached before that time.”

Objectors say there is no public benefit to the scheme, it will have a detrimental impact on retailers during construction work, there will be a loss of residential accommodation and rights and that there has been procedural irregularity, which the council refutes.

The council will argue the Arndale Centre extension will “attract new retailers to benefit the town and the leisure element will help create a night time and leisure economy within the town centre which is currently lacking.

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