Town ready to clear way for new Arndale

Artist's impression of Arndale Centre plan
Artist's impression of Arndale Centre plan

The next phase of the ambitious £75 million refurbishment of the Arndale Centre is set to get underway after steps to make compulsory purchase orders were approved.

CPOs, as they are commonly known, are used by local authorities and other bodies to obtain land or property which is needed for a proposed development like the extension of the town’s shopping complex.

The Arndale Centre’s owner PRLP is planning to extend the centre up to the corner of Gildredge Road and Ashford Road on the ground floor with a nine screen cinema and seven restaurants on the second floor.

That re-development is due to be considered by the council’s planning committee next month and if it is given the green light, Eastbourne Borough Council will begin the CPO process.

The majority of those affected by CPOs are the shops between Game next to McDonalds up to the Gildredge Pub with some non-residential properties in Ashford Road.

Simon Russian, the man behind the retail expansion, told the Herald on Wednesday that negotiations were underway to secure the land and property needed for the major redevelopment programme.

Council leader David Tutt said, “The regeneration of Eastbourne town centre has been a long standing ambition of the borough council and the local community. The expansion of the town’s retail offer is supported both locally and nationally in formal planning policy statements.

“Developers have now submitted a revised planning application for a major expansion to the town centre and are actively negotiating to assemble the development site.”

H&M will be opening in the new Arndale and it is anticipated it will be located at the far end of the new mall opposite the railway station. Other stores are likely to be revealed in the spring.

• See page 43 for Looking Back photos of life before the Arndale was built.