Lewes District Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies DPD - Pre-Submission version

Land at East Quay, Newhaven Port

3.11 Newhaven is a relatively small port but provides important maritime links to mainland Europe. It also plays a vital role in the operation and maintenance of the Rampion offshore wind farm, which is located 13km of the Sussex coast, and the importation of marine aggregates. Its wharves and railheads are safeguarded for the existing and future mineral imports and processing by the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Plan (Policy WMP15) and the Waste and Minerals Sites Plan (Policy SP2).

3.12 The port is owned and operated by Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP), who published a masterplan in 2012 to provide a strategic framework for the development of the port over the next 20-30 years. Lewes District Council, East Sussex County Council and Newhaven Town Council have agreed to work with NPP to achieve the implementation of this masterplan in recognition that Newhaven needs a higher level of economic activity in order for both the town and the port to have a sustainable future.

3.13 In 2016, NPP were granted planning permission for the expansion of the existing working port area, including the refurbishment of the existing multi-purpose berth at East Quay, the construction of a new berth and slip way to the south, and new space for associated offices, warehouses and workshops. It is anticipated this development will allow the port to remain competitive by offering modern facilities to future investors and customers and allowing the port to accommodate larger vessels should the opportunity arise.

3.14 The further expansion and enhancement of Newhaven Port is supported by Core Policy 4 (Economic Development and Regeneration) of the adopted Local Plan Part 1 in order to help revitalise the economy of the coastal area. An extensive area of largely undeveloped land in the ownership of NPP exists to the north-east of the proposed port expansion and new berth and slipway and this area is considered suitable for the future expansion of port-related activities.

3.15 Much of this area was previously allocated in Policy NH20 of the Lewes District Local Plan 2003. However, development of this site has previously been constrained by its poor vehicular access, which is currently via Railway Road and Beach Road. The construction of the final section of the new Newhaven Port access road is anticipated to unlock capacity for new employment space in this part of Newhaven and significantly enhance the development potential of the site.

3.16 The first phase of the Newhaven Port access road was completed in 2015, with the construction of the final phase due to be completed by 2020. The new road will then carry traffic by a bridge over the Newhaven to Seaford railway line and Mill Creek, providing a direct vehicular access from the A259 to both the allocated employment site and the remainder of the port land.

3.17 The viability of employment development on the site will be further enhanced through the current investment in new flood defences in Newhaven by the Environment Agency and the two Local Enterprise Partnerships (Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP). This flood alleviation scheme will provide a 1-in-200-year standard of protection for the town and the port, taking into account the effects of climate change, and is due to be completed by the autumn 2019.


Policy E1: Land at East Quay, Newhaven Port

Land at East Quay, as defined on the Policies Map, is allocated for employment uses associated with Newhaven Port. Employment development which is not associated with port-related activity will be permitted only where it can be demonstrated that such development would not undermine the operational use of the Port. All development proposals should ensure that the visual impact on the landscape and scenic beauty of the South Downs National Park is minimised.



Figure 12 Land at East Quay employment site allocation