Co-op to sell Meridian Centre as Peacehaven plans new town centre

Posted On 21 May 2020 at 10:23 pm

The Co-op is to sell its site at the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven to a developer which is expected to build a new town centre.

Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group said: “The Co-operative Group, who owns most of the land within the Meridian area site, plan to sell their interest and build a new store with a funeral directors somewhere on the site.

“The Co-operative Group is in advanced negotiations with a development company who will build a new town centre for Peacehaven.”

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Cathy Gallagher, who chairs the Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, said: “We are busy working with Aecom, the town planners working on this project, to produce concepts and ideas to give Peacehaven a new town centre.

“What we need now is for the community to tell us how you want Peacehaven to develop.

“We will soon be launching a public survey asking for your thoughts so please complete that when you see it.”

The steering group added: “There will be opportunities throughout the summer for you to view the plans with conceptual ideas and to put forward your own ideas.”

Already residents have raised concerns at preliminary meetings about the A259 coast road and the lack of local infrastructure.

  1. Tony Bingham Reply

    Any store other than the Co OP! Bottom of the table for price, service, range of products and more, year in year out. This town needs a modern 21st Century supermarket.

    • Christopher Hawtree Reply

      What is a “21st Century supermarket”? The century is already a fifth over and times is speeding up. Few of us will see a 22md-century supermarket. Meanwhile, I went in that “Meridian” mall last year: bleak, with many of the shops closed down. The best part of Peacehacen is the walk along the road beside the cliffs, with a series of interesting houses to look at (as well as the sea).

  2. Lesley Dennett Reply

    Does it matter what we say it will be more houses more flats and the hideous co op will still have it claws in Peacehaven to continue the race to the bottom.

  3. Stuart Foster Reply

    The proposal definately says a Co-Op unfortunately, also more residential housing/flats

  4. Carl Steiner Reply

    Stop building more houses/flats therefore adding more traffic to the coast road. Not enough Dr’s surgeries to cope with more people. More vehicles, more pollution. The new Co-op is not the best choice for peacehaven. Any other supermarket would be better, certainly for price. Aldi would be a good choice or even Iceland.

  5. Ted Reply

    It will be more houses and flats … less shops and parking places.

  6. Dot Farrant Reply

    we could do with an Iceland, a B&M bargains Aldi or Lydl, Poundland, probably won’t get any of these

  7. Rona Hunnisett Reply

    Before all this gets done, how about upgrading the A259 so it can cope with all the construction traffic? How are all the materials needed for this magical wonderland of a development to get to the site? Without an upgrade, the road will fall into the sea, either near the Tye or at the bend into Newhaven, and then the whole area will be cut off. Why is there never any joined up thinking?

  8. Michael Young Reply

    ‘New Town Centre’ – To have what in it exactly?
    A new Co-Op, a library, a coffee shop and that’s about it.
    High Street’s up and down the country are dying in towns where the population cannot/will not support the shops already there.
    Businesses will only invest where there is sufficient custom and a population of 16/17,000 is insufficient when Brighton is so easily reachable.
    The reality of the 21st century is that more an more people are either shopping online or travelling to much larger towns. I know it’s pessimistic but I’m afraid the era of a High Street in every town is over.

  9. Sandra Reply

    At the moment the best part of the meridian is when you walk out to your car l really hope they will have a good cafe where like now local residents can meet we shall just have to wait and see is it bye bye yo the council offices

  10. Graham Reply

    A proper ‘town centre’ for Peacehaven and Telscombe could even have potential for reducing coast road traffic if it included many of the things you currently need to leave Peacehaven for ;
    i.e. a good range of shops, attractive outdoor seating areas, leisure and evening activities, choice of restaurants, bars, takeaways etc.all in one closely integrated location. If it was well designed it could be attractive enough to become a desirable destination.
    Maybe the problem would then be from traffic driving TO Peacehaven for all it’s attractions!
    But surely that would be better problem to have than people having to drive out of Peacehaven in order to find anything worthwhile to do, or to have decent shopping choice.

  11. Elly Reply

    Let’s have some forward thinking about the peacehaven demographic – what about some more facilities for the young who have nowhere to go. Cafes, bars and a lively and more inclusive community centre offering more services for young mums and older people. Any larger shops such as Aldi/Lidl just means more traffic from outside Peacehaven and more congestion at peak times. The world is changing and I hope these stores will soon start to deliver. Let’s go back to more of a community ethos.

    • Tony cookdon Reply

      It needs shops that cater for a younger age group.
      You can’t even buy decent clothes unless you travel.
      It needs to be a mini Arndale centre like in Eastbourne.
      What we will get is 300 flats and a smaller co-op.
      Schools in the area are full,do tors ,dentists all full.
      Where are all these residents going to go?
      Infrastructure needs doing first

  12. Mrs Leggett Reply

    Great idea it needs livining up its so depressing now with shops closed bm bargines wilco etc cheaper shops for families on low budgets.

  13. Debbie Saunders Reply

    Whatever happened to the idea of linking Peacehaven with the A27???
    We are so intent on increasing our town with houses and now a shopping centre but again NO road improvements for anyone to get in or out !!!!!!!

  14. DH Reply

    I think we’ve all known for a while that the Co-op were going to sell the land for housing and have a new, smaller shop of their own, including their own funeral directors. As for a ‘new town centre’ you only have to look at Newhaven to know that’s never going to happen. Housing and two shops. That’s what you’ll get. R.I.P. Meridian centre.

  15. Jo Reply

    It would t be massive looking at the area space, so I dont think hoards will be coming to Peacehaven
    but brilliant for us residents of Peacehaven
    I’m all for it so long as it really is going to be a shopping centre but as stated we can see the plans beforehand.

  16. Steve McBody Reply

    “with a funeral directors somewhere on the site”

    That’ll certainly liven the place up …

  17. John Barratt Reply

    Those responsible for planning will do whatever they see fit if their past track record is anything to go on. 450 reasons to be doubtful about trustworthiness. We do not need any more houses.

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