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martlets shopping centre Redevelopment Of Martlets Shopping Centre Delayed Further Due To Legal Issues

10th July 2017
By Peter Chapman

The redevelopment of the Martlets Shopping Centre will not commence until legal matters have been resolved with a number of freeholders and leaseholders who currently have a right to car parking spaces and the right to cross the land at the multi-storey car park.

Papers for the cabinet meeting of Mid Sussex District Council for Monday 10th July reveal that NewRiver Retail are not prepared to go ahead with the redevelopment (as approved in 2016) as there is too much risk attached unless the parking rights are resolved.

Thoses affected in Church Walk have been presented with a financial offer to give up their right to a parking space and access, or to accept two allocated parking bays in a section of the long stay car park in Cyprus Road Car Park.

The council have powers to take ownership of the land, voiding the existing rights, but have said in a letter to those affected that this is something they'd rather avoid. Several letters have been sent to those at 93 – 107 Church Walk, but only a few had responded by the council's deadline.

MSDC instructed NewRiver Retail to do their own research to ensure that all other potential third party rights which could be affected by the planning permission are fully addressed and resolved before the council envoke local government powers to change the usage of the land - failure to do so would leave the council open to their own legal issues from the rightsholders.

Here ends your latest town centre update that you'll not hear from the council or NewRiver Retail themselves. You're Welcome!

Spread the word, there's yet another delay until the redevelopment of the Martlets shopping centre begins!

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