Maria Caulfield MP has helped Newhaven into the second phase of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Launched in December 2018 as part of the Government’s Plan for the High Street, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund will help local leaders implement bold new visions to transform their town centres and make them fit for the future with co-funding to consolidate properties on the high street, improve transport and access into town centres and convert retail units into new homes.

Newhaven’s bid, one of over 300 from across the country, was backed by Maria Caulfield MP and the Conservative run Lewes District Council as part of their ongoing plans to regenerate Newhaven town centre, bringing in shops, jobs, housing and an all round better economy and experience in the town for local people.

The bid will now go through to the second phase where a business case will be worked up with help from the Government including a revenue grant of £150,000. The grant will enable Lewes District Council to commission expert advice or commit internal resources to assist in the development of its business case.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Since first being electing I have made it one of my priorities to regenerate Newhaven into a thriving coastal port town. This Future High Street fund will make a big difference to the town centre and once the plans come to fruition residents will see a noticeable difference. I will continue to support the bid as it moves forwards into a full business case to ensure that it will be approved.”