Newhaven Lib Dems say no to 18-storey tower with no affordable housing

28 May 2023
Artist's impression of an 18 storey tower block on Beach Road dominating the industrial, residential and harbour areas of the neighbourhood.

Newhaven Liberal Democrats are concerned by the news of a proposed 18-storey apartment block on Beach Road Newhaven. While we welcome the development of brownfield sites, they must be in keeping with the rest of Newhave,, and meet the town's needs. The 18-storey high tower will be higher than Nelson's column, and will completely change not just the local street scene but the whole of Newhaven.

If you share our concerns, sign our petition here.

We want to see Newhaven flourishing. The previous plans would have delivered a fantastic opportunity, but these plans offer nothing. There is no affordable housing offered in this development, there is not sufficient parking and there will be a major issue with over-development and shadowing.

It would be fantastic if KSD would work with East Side residents and find a development that works for the community. We accept this is a brownfield site, and we accept it should be used for housing but we don't accept a tower that offers no affordable housing and will change the look of Newhaven's skyline.

We would also like to see that Mackinley Way is joined up with Beach Road, which should have been done when Mackinley Way was built.

So we want to see:

  • That this application is rejected
  • That Mackinley Way is connected to Beach Road if the application is approved
  • That KSD works with the community to find a viable development that works for everyone and offers 40% affordable housing.

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