A MAJOR supermarket could soon open in Eastbourne bringing 300 jobs to the town.
Developers want to level the disused Anglo Dutch Meats (ADM) site and the busy Eastbourne Car Auction (ECA) in Hampden Park and replace it with a large Morrisons and petrol station.
Eastbourne Borough Council is yet to give the multi-million pound proposal the green light.
Business leaders in the town have backed the planning application.
President of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce Christina Ewbank said, “If they are successful it will create more than 300 jobs and offer competition for Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s.
“It also shows Morrisons has faith in the vibrant Eastbourne economy and its future.
The Chamber is working actively with Stephen Lloyd MP and Morrisons to encourage them to take this site.”
Developer Morgan Davis Wherry (MDW) has drawn up plans to build on a two-hectare site in Arkwright Road off Lottbridge Drove.
Four small businesses, the ECA and ADM – which has been empty for almost three years – currently occupy the site.
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Planning documents suggest all five working businesses will be offered the opportunity to reinvest and relocate.
The new Morrisons – one of the only supermarket chains not to have a foothold in the town – would have a cafe, four-pump petrol station and 443 parking spaces.
Nic Morgan of (MDW) said, “The scheme has been carefully designed and a full application has been lodged with the borough council, which shows the commitment to realising this opportunity.
“The development represents a multi-million pound investment and will create 300 new jobs at a time when such regeneration is well needed.”
A spokesperson for Planning Potential, a town planning consultancy involved with the application, said Morrisons and the council had held discussions to make sure most new staff would be drawn from the local area.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “This is fantastic news for the people of Hampden Park and I’m absolutely delighted.
“Since being elected in May, Morrisons was just one of a number of supermarkets I’ve been in contact with about opening a branch in Hampden Park, as this was something which came up again and again on the doorsteps while I was campaigning.
“Over the last six months we have seen over 700 jobs created in our town and I’m very pleased yet another major company has decided to invest in Eastbourne.”