Newhaven offers substantial physical capacity for growth and is a critical part of the East Sussex economy. Comprising eight sites in key positions around the town, Newhaven Enterprise Zone covers approximately 79 hectares, offering space to house the region’s expanding high-growth businesses and excellent access to domestic and international markets.
Newhaven is already highly accessible. Newhaven Port situated in the heart of the town is just 63 miles from London. London is 90-minutes away by train and Brighton just 30 minutes by car or train. This has been supplemented by a £17 million investment in the town’s flood defences, as well as the planned new Port Access Road linking the waterfront with some of the main access routes through Newhaven.
Newhaven is home to a growing and diverse economy with an emerging specialism in innovative, high-value growth sectors including offshore wind and marine engineering. Alongside this emerging specialism, Newhaven is also home to a large number of creative industries and innovative manufacturers.
Newhaven’s Enterprise Zone is forecast to create and safeguard up to 2,000 jobs, as well as creating significant new and refurbished commercial floor space for emerging occupiers.
Newhaven Enterprise Zone is led by Lewes District Council and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), from now until 2022, eligible businesses will benefit from the scheme’s already growing impact.
Enterprise Zones are designated areas across England that provide tax breaks and Government support for growth. Businesses locating to Enterprise Zones benefit from up to 100% business rate relief over a five-year period and simplified local authority planning for certain developments within the EZ area.
Newhaven is a coastal port town ready for regeneration with capacity for growth. The area has large brownfield sites located close to the port, waterfront and town centre. This level of space for development is unusual compared to other coastal towns in the UK and puts Newhaven in an advantageous position for being close to London and international markets.
Trains to Brighton typically takes half an hour, 90 minutes to London Victoria with a change at Lewes. Travelling to the centre of Brighton by car only takes 30 minutes, whilst to get to London Gatwick airport it takes 45mins.
With the capacity to deliver up to 750,000 sq ft of commercial development (both new and refurbished) and a total site area across eight sites (including the town centre) of approximately 80 hectares. Please see the map below that lays out the Enterprise Zone areas within the town.
For current information in regards to a particular site within the Enterprise Zone or the particular facilities, please get in touch.
Phase 1 of this development has been completed with two companies, Surrey Nanosystems and ValetPro taking full occupancy.
Phase 2 is now under construction three blocks of 23,873 sq ft, 20,620 sq ft and 16,032 sq ft which are capable of subdivision and adaptation for occupation first quarter 2019.
Home to E:on Rampion Site Office for Rampion Off-Shore Wind Farm, Newhaven Port is already well established with new space emerging for support services and businesses looking towards exporting and engineering.Official Website
Lewes District Council has committed to invest in developmenting a masterplan that will see a new 23,000 sq. ft food store, four new retail units (4,000 sq. ft total), a 69-bedroom hotel, leisure facilities including a 20,000 sq. ft health hub, 250 parking spaces and over 100 new affordable homes, with advanced discussions with providers.
Photo courtesy of Benedict Stenning.
Newhaven is the county’s port town and sits between Brighton and Eastbourne, providing a vital trade and tourist link to mainland Europe and beyond. The Port transports 250,000 passengers and 200,000 tonnes of freight cargo to Dieppe each year.
It is the only passenger ferry service between Dover and Portsmouth with two crossings a day to Dieppe. Newhaven itself has a wealth of commercial space including the Newhaven Enterprise Centre, providing high-quality furnished offices, workshops, and larger incubator units for start-up businesses on short flexible terms located on Denton Island.
A major revamp of the town centre including 110 new affordable homes is in the pipeline. Over £500,000 has been agreed by Lewes District Council towards the scheme, which is expected to create more than 100 new jobs.
As part of the scheme, shoppers will be able to park free of charge for short periods in two of the town’s multi-storey car parks. The scheme is expected to focus on three council-owned sites: Newhaven Square Shopping Centre, the Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre and the Lower Place Car Park.
Across the three sites, the council is working with commercial operators to build a range of developments including a 69-bedroom hotel, a supermarket and a new community health and leisure centre.