Shopping centre plans on show for residents

HAILSHAM residents are being invited to view the latest plans to redevelop the Quintins Shopping Centre car park.

The proposals include a new food store and a new car park.

Hailsham Town Council is keen to hear what people think of the plans which are on show at the council’s office in Market Street. Information and design plans are available to inspect at the Town Council offices, Inglenook, Market Street during office hours (9am-4pm), for two weeks from August 31.

A public consultation evening will also be held at the Town Council offices on September 8 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The redevelopment would transform the car park to the south of the Quintins Centre in North Street and would feature a 1,407 square metre food store, 200 square metre flexible units to the North Street frontage, a new car park deck over the existing northern car park and associated works, including pedestrian enhancements and landscaping.

Councillor Jo Bentley, chairman of the town council’s planning and development committee said, “Having assessed the merits and potential pitfalls of the proposed development, Hailsham Town Council wishes to seek public input and give residents an opportunity to find out more and to comment on the plans for the new building and car park.

“We welcome people’s views on the revised brief and will pass on all feedback to the developers.”

“We need to be sure that the design of the building is in keeping with the surrounding area, and that the potential traffic problems in North Street caused by lorry deliveries and the loss of parking spaces due to this development in the long term, are addressed accordingly.

“People who have sent letters of objection to Wealden District Council for the previous, unrevised plans will need to resubmit their letters, as this is classed as a resubmission application.”

The planning application is expected to go before Wealden District Council’s planning committee in September.