Harbour Development - History
This page outlines the development of Sovereign Harbour, and SHRA's position on future development. Eleven undeveloped parcels of land remain.
- 1967 - A harbour village incorporated into the Eastbourne urban plan.
- 1975 - Eastbourne Harbour Bill blocked in Parliament
- 1980 - A new Eastbourne Harbour Bill passed.
- 1980 - Harbour construction plans shelved due to rising costs.
- 1986 - Plans for harbour, marina, an hotel and 2,000 homes announced.
- 1988 - Chatsworth Trustees pull out and sell land to Tarmac and Asda.
- 1988 - An amended Harbour Bill passed.
- 1989 - Asda superstore opens.
- 1991 - Digging out of outer harbour begins.
- 1992 - Construction of locks and lining of harbour commences.
- 1993 - Harbour and marina operational.
- 1996 - Housing development commences
- 1997 - Residential development and construction of North Harbour
- 1997 - Construction of homes around West Harbour area approved.
- 1999 - Construction of 'The Waterfront' commences.
- 2001 - Haven School opens. (newspaper report)
- 2001 - Residential development and water feature of South Harbour approved.
- 2005 - B&Q plans for a superstore rejected
- 2006 - 'Five Sites' residential plans rejected.
- 2008 - Petition for a Parish Council for Sovereign Harbour refused.
- 2009 - Local Liberal Democrats publish plans for the 11 Sites in a draft Master Plan.
- 2009- The then local MP Nigel Waterson responded to the Lib Dem Master Plan.
- 2009 - Harbour Medical Centre plans approved.
- 2009 - Following a consultation, EBC publish LDF feedback report.
- 2010 - Pacific Drive adopted.
- 2010 - Planned residential construction ends.
- 2010 - Medical Centre build commences
- 2010 - 'The Eastbourne Plan' proposes further residential development.
- 2011 - Plans to improve and rename the retail park announced
- 2011 - Joint Statement over future development at Sovereign Harbour.
After twenty years of construction the residential element of the Sovereign Harbour development has come to an end.
However, the social infrastructure necessary to turn this enormous area of housing into a sustainable community has been completely ignored.
So too has the development of the promised high-quality business park that should have been the 'work' element of the 'work-life' environment that was the objective of the original 'Marina Village' concept.
The Five Sites
Following the initial phases of construction, for a number of years SHRA successfully fought to prevent further development on the five remaining sites for which outline planning consent for residential development had been granted. During the campaigns, these sites were referred to generically as “The Five Sites” (Sites 1-5 in the list on this page).
As a last ditch effort before the carte blanche consent expired, developers Carillion submitted five planning applications for residential development on four of these sites. The plans were all unanimously refused by Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) Planning Committee after a huge public demonstration of opposition. Following the refusal of these applications and following pressure by SHRA, Carillion agreed not to pursue appeals against the refusal and offered to work with residents to seek an equitable solution.
The Master Plan
Carillion then entered into discussions with SHRA, and officers and cabinet members of the then Conservative controlled EBC, on the creation of a Master Plan for the final development of all the remaining harbour development land. These negotiations continue with the Liberal Democrat administration.
Five Become Eleven
During the negotiations, other vacant sites not included in the now expired outline planning consent for residential development, were brought into the arena. For the first time, all eleven sites of remaining development land were put in the melting pot.