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Commercial property Lewes

The district of Lewes is a fine example of how an area can develop to meet the needs of growing businesses whilst maintaining connections with its heritage and traditions.

Occupying one of three pronounced districts in East Sussex, the Lewes business community is a vital asset to the current and future growth in the popular county.

As the county town of East Sussex, Lewes boasts an enviable location that is well connected by rail, road, air and sea. Its rich heritage is matched by its equally plentiful array of different landscapes, from the grassy plains of the South Downs National Park inland to its chalky cliffs and unspoilt coastline. Lewes, together with the other major towns of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford, has built an impressive reputation with high levels of UK and international tourism and trade links.

While its mix of striking properties has attracted buyers to the district, Lewes’ array of commercial property offerings has been responsible for driving the economy and growing the impressive number of businesses operating here. The North Street Quarter in Lewes itself, and huge plans for Newhaven are two upcoming expansion plans that confirm an exciting economic future for the district. North Street Quarter in Lewes will regenerate around 14.5 acres across North Street and the former Phoenix Industrial Estate. The mixed use development, just five minutes from Lewes High Street, will deliver employment space, affordable housing, flood defences, a riverside pathway, parking areas and a healthcare hub. Its 65,000 sq ft of workspace will be completed during stage one in 2018, followed by residential property in 2019 and 2021.

Along the coast the town of Newhaven will undergo major expansion to create jobs, commercial property and to develop its industries. Lewes District Council has recently approved a critical plan to expand the port to allow larger ships to dock. This is turn will attract new businesses and investment to generate further employment opportunities. Just off shore, E.ON’s recently approved Rampion wind farm will play a huge role in securing the area’s long-term economic sustainability. After its completion in 2018, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to light 300,000 homes and will reduce carbon emissions by 600,000 tonnes per year.

The new University Technical College (UTC) will be completed to coincide with the development of the port and new wind farm, while the East Quay will be transformed into an administration and engineering centre for the hive of activity along the seafront.

Lewes District Council has embraced localism to fulfil its own economic goals and has set up a clear vision for business growth and community development. The towns of Seaford, Lewes and Newhaven will all expand industrial and retail space to maintain growth momentum during the 21st century.

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