Major £80 million plan for Harbour is on the cards

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New jobs, new homes and community facilities are on the cards for Sovereign Harbour after an ambitious £80 million blueprint was unveiled this week.

An outline planning application for six sites around the harbour which includes up to 150 new homes together with a community hall, a park and two further significant open spaces, has been put before Eastbourne Borough Council’s town planners.

Sovereign Harbour Ltd is behind the massive development and says the application goes hand in hand with the master plan designed to complete the harbour development which has been the subject of extensive consultation.

A spokesperson said the application will also provide the opportunity for further commercial development in North Harbour with offices and other employment generating uses including some new shops and restaurants at the Waterfront.

“Future investment in Sovereign Harbour is likely to be in excess of £80m and there is potential for the generation of 1,500 jobs. The proposals have been developed by SHL in close association with a working group of local representatives chaired by MP Stephen Lloyd, and included the ward councillors, Eastbourne Borough Council and the Sovereign Harbour Residents’ Association.

Stephen Lloyd said, “I promised the residents that we would do what it takes to deliver a genuinely progressive and community focused master plan for the Harbour and I am delighted that this has been achieved.”

SHRA chairman, Jan Weeks said, “This planning application brings the completion of the Sovereign Harbour development significantly closer and the proposals it contains will, when implemented, bring substantial improvements to the sustainability of the neighbourhood. We look forward to

working with Sovereign Harbour Ltd and planning officers to ensure the overall delivery of the plan; in particular, the provision of the community centre and other social infrastructure.”

Sovereign ward councillor David Elkin, said, “The fact that the master plan has finally arrived demonstrates we are at our best when we all work together.”

Council leader David Tutt said, “This is a welcome step forward in the completion of the Sovereign Harbour area and has come about as a result of joint working between local residents, the MP, the Council and the developers.”