Arndale plans unveiled

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Plans for the £70 million scheme that will transform the face of Eastbourne have been officially submitted.

The plans, handed in on Friday, were accompanied by a set of computer generated images that show how Eastbourne’s town centre will be transformed by the end of 2015.

The planning application to extend the Eastbourne Arndale Centre has been submitted by owners Performance Retail Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Legal & General Property and Strathclyde Pension Fund.

Construction work on the scheme is expected to start within the next two years.

The plans include the demolition of buildings west of the centre along Terminus Road, the construction of up to 22 new ground and first floor units, additional car parking spaces and new pedestrian access on to Terminus Road.

Members of the public will be able to view details of the planning application at a public exhibition to be held in the Arndale Centre on April 12 and April 13.

An exhibition last October to gain feedback from the public was attended by more than 5,000 people with an overwhelming majority supporting the extension to the centre.

The development team behind the regeneration has looked carefully at the results of nearly 1,000 questionnaires that were completed and tried to incorporate those considerations into its updated plans.

Key requests included covering the extension, more car parking and an improved and extended pedestrian area.

The plan will provide a transparent roof over the extension, an additional 317 car parking spaces and improvements to the pedestrian access to the Arndale Centre from Terminus Road.

Simon Russian, head of retail development at Legal & General Property, said, “We are delighted to be submitting our planning application for the extension of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre today.

“This takes the transformation of the town centre one step closer. We look forward to welcoming members of the public to the exhibition in April where they will be able to see the plans for themselves.”