Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have endorsed the latest steps and progress to deliver the landmark North Street Quarter regeneration scheme.
The development will include 416 new homes, a new multi-million pound health centre, including a GP surgery serving in excess of 28,000 patients, a dentist, pharmacy and nursery, vital new flood defences for the town, a new riverside footway and cycleway and a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the River Ouse.
The project team will appoint a developer in the coming months for all three phases of the development on North Street Quarter.
Councillor Jim Lord, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development, said: “Having been briefed by senior officers since my election in May and seeing the incredible scale of the housing, health and raft of sustainability benefits it offers, not least the completion of critical flood defences, we must now get on and make it happen. Let’s not forget, this transformational scheme will create nearly 500 new jobs.
“I call on every stakeholder and council partner in the project, including those still to conclude relocation negotiations, to put their shoulders to the wheel and help deliver this once in a generation scheme as quickly as possible – this is a legacy moment for us all, and we should all remember this.”
The list of sustainability design and construction features is exhaustive; all buildings will exceed current performance on carbon emissions by at least 15%, all buildings will be supplied from completion with a 12 month energy supply arrangement using 100% renewable energy sources, homes built in phases two and three will all incorporate solar panels, and water use within properties will be calculated to not exceed 105 litres per person per day.
Councillor Lord added: “The site layout has been designed to give pedestrians and cyclists priority access throughout the site. Plus, every home on this development will be future-proofed for electric vehicle charging, with other charging points included in the car park and visitor parking.”