THE compulsory purchase of land in the town centre was given the go ahead by the council to enable the next phase of the Priory Quarter development to go ahead.
At the meeting of the cabinet on Monday (June 11), it was agreed that the council would use its compulsory purchase powers to enable East Sussex Energy Infrastructure and Development Limited (ESEIDL) to move forward with phase three of the project which aims to create a new business and commercial district.
The land in question is at 32 to 36 Priory Street, and to the rear of 5 Havelock Road.
This does not include Queensbury House, as the development of this site is to come in phase four.
Planning permission has already been secured for both phases three and four.
In March this year, an interest-free loan from the Government’s Growing Places fund was granted as a result of a bid by East Sussex County Council, and £7million of this was allocated to the Priory Quarter for the creation of 2,323m2 (25,000sq ft) of office space.