Lewes District Council is in negotiations with Round Table Entertainments to secure a £350m six hectare water park, hotel and casino development in Newhaven which could unlock significant economic growth.
The proposed water park, the largest in the world, would be housed in a dome similar to the Eden Project in Cornwall making it a year-round attraction. It could be built within 5 years and could attract nearly 800,000 visitors per annum creating about 500 local jobs.
Roundtable Entertainments is a consortium of different companies, including specialist operators of water and theme parks, financial companies and Kuwaiti European Holding Co, that have come together for this specific project.
The Guernsey based developers are considering a number of sites but the £84,000 purchase of council owned land by Kuwaiti European Holding Co for a new hotel on the Lewes Road Recreation Ground, which is now not likely to happen in the next 5 to 6 years, was the catalyst that led Round Table Entertainments to choose Newhaven in preference to other possible locations in the South East of England.
The consortium will now conduct a feasibility study which will look into many aspects of the proposal, including the traffic implications for Newhaven especially congestion around the level crossing and swing-bridge. Once a feasibility study is complete the company will commence a full public consultation.
An exhibition of plans to date will be held on 30th and 31st October between 11.00 and 20.00 at The Hillcrest Centre in Lewes.
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