Lewes district awarded £5.1m in government funding

Lewes District Council is celebrating three successful funding bids which represent a total cash injection of £5.1m to the district.

The money is from the government’s Local Growth Fund awarded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. The Council has secured £2m towards buying Springman House, North Street, Lewes, to allow for the relocation of Lewes Fire Station there, unlocking the North Street Quarter development.
 
The North Street Quarter will bring 416 new homes to the town, 40% of which will be affordable, as well as providing a new health centre combining three surgeries and serving 26,000 patients in modern purpose built accommodation.  It will also complete the town’s flood defences and provide a new riverside walk and foot bridge over the Ouse. Relocating the old fire station from the site is an important step in delivering this major regeneration scheme.
 
Two further bids – one from the Council and one from a local landowner supported by the Council – have also been agreed, totalling £3.1m for sites across Newhaven Enterprise Zone. 
 
The Newhaven Enterprise Zone is due to launch in April this year, and is expected to deliver 70,000sq m of new and refurbished employment floorspace, and protect or create 2,000 jobs in the town over the next 25 years.  The Enterprise Zone covers eight sites in the town, including the town centre, sites in the port and on the quaysides.  This funding will help to overcome challenges on some of the sites and unlock growth, with work on new employment-generating developments due to start shortly.
 
Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “I am delighted Coast to Capital is lending financial support and showing regional recognition to these two hugely exciting projects for Lewes district.
 
“North Street Quarter is progressing very well and we are looking forward to it delivering a huge number of community benefits to Lewes including homes, flood defences, jobs and great public spaces.
 
“Meanwhile, Newhaven is enjoying rapid growth and job creation, and the town’s new Enterprise Zone status will build on this even further.”
 
Coast to Capital’s Chief Executive,  Jonathan Sharrock said ‘’ We are pleased to be supporting these important projects for our region and our Board acknowledged the strong case put forward for sites within the Newhaven Enterprise Zone,  which will see economic regeneration of key locations within the town centre.’’

Story published on 23 February 2017