Newhaven Enterprise Zone welcomes £19.3 million of Government funding

Posted on 15/07/2021

The team leading the multimillion-pound Town’s Fund bid for Newhaven regeneration have heralded the £19.3 million Government funding award as a ‘landmark moment’ in the history of the town.

The successful bid focused on five core themes: A thriving and vital southern gateway for the UK, Celebrating the energy of industry, valuing creative freedom, Re-imagining the town centre as a focus for community life, Making the most of the town’s maritime heritage.

Corinne Day, Newhaven Enterprise Zone Director, is part of the Town Deal Board that submitted the investment plan to Government. Receiving the news, she said: “It is fantastic to receive this funding from Government which recognises the town’s potential and further spearheads our collective plans for its future. Newhaven is a vibrant, creative, special place that has so much to celebrate and so I am delighted that the Enterprise Zone has been and will continue to contribute to the town’s development and growth.”

In accordance with the government’s funding criteria, council officers will now prepare and submit a detailed business case for each project in Newhaven. The government will then scrutinise the plans prior to releasing the funds. This process could take up to 12 months to complete for some of the development proposals.

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council and local councillor said: “Newhaven is a wonderful town that is bursting with potential. We all want to see the town get the attention it deserves. This is undoubtedly a landmark moment for Newhaven and one that builds on the success we’ve had for attracting other funding recently.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on the Town Deal Board and council officers who together ensured our bid showcased exactly why Newhaven has so much untapped potential.

“This fund will be making a difference across the town. I have two young children who will be growing up here, so it is exciting for me personally to know that we’re investing in their futures and those of everyone growing up in our town.”

The Town Deal Board is chaired by Chris Ketley, a partner at local chartered accountants Knill James LLP and also includes Councillor MacCleary, Maria Caulfield MP, Baroness Whitaker, Councillor Zoe Nicholson and representatives from Newhaven Town Council, East Sussex County Council, the Greater Brighton Economic Board, South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Lewes District Council, central government, community, education and business representatives.

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