More news is expected in January on Uckfield town centre expansion and redevelopment.
The town regeneration committee is set to meet in the new year and will receive an update on the viability of the scheme.
The committee is made up of representatives of Uckfield Town, Wealden District and East Sussex County councils.
At its July meeting, the committee discussed the project in private.
The published minutes describe work done by Capita with the committee having a number of options before it.
Food store development
The committee recognised that option 4 (residential development) was included for “illustrative purposes only”.
The joint committee reviewed three food store development options (options 1 to 3) and agreed that options 2 and 3 were not viable.
The Director of Planning and Economic Development was asked to explore further the viability of option 1, “to explore the risks, finances and timescales and potential wider benefits and report back to the next meeting”.
At that time it was expected that the next meeting would be in the autumn but it now seems likely to take place early in the new year.
Wealden District Council received an update from Cllr Roy Galley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Waste Management.
He reported to a scrutiny committee under a heading of current projects: “On Uckfield, we are awaiting a consultant report and will meet again to discuss next steps in December/January.”
Background to the project
Plans for this major development were originally drawn up around ten years ago, before the big economic crash.
The economics of town centres and shopping have changed hugely since then.
The objectives of the joint committee are, according to the Wealden District Council website:
“To enable the sensitive redevelopment and expansion of Uckfield town centre, including additional net retail floor space of around 10,000 square metres and increased public and recreational space, as part of a comprehensive scheme of improvements which will increase the attractiveness of Uckfield by creating a vibrant and inclusive town centre.”
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