Harbour Development & Construction - History
This page outlines the development of Sovereign Harbour. Eight undeveloped parcels of land remain.
Atlantic Drive area c1989 - this fantastic aerial photo shows the newly-completed retail park (Asda opened in 1989) and the area that became The Waterfront. It also shows the flooded gravel pits and ponds on the Crumbles that were filled-in or adapted to create Sovereign Harbour. With thanks to Len Smith, who posted the photo to an Eastbourne history Facebook Group, for his permission to reproduce it here. I have added a modern view of the area for comparison and red crosses to a matching location to aid orientation. Click here to view full size...
Gallery of Sovereign Harbour Construction photos from around 1989/1993. Click here...
1967 - A harbour village incorporated into the Eastbourne urban plan.
1975 - Eastbourne Harbour Bill blocked in Parliament
1980 - A new Eastbourne Harbour Bill passed.
1980 - Harbour construction plans shelved due to rising costs.
1986 - Plans for harbour, marina, an hotel and 2,000 homes announced.
1988 - Chatsworth Trustees pull out and sell land to Tarmac and Asda.
1988 - An amended Harbour Bill passed.
1989 - Asda superstore opens. (aerial photo of the site c1989)
1991 - Digging out of outer harbour begins.
1992 - Construction of locks and lining of harbour commences.
1993 - Harbour and marina operational.
1996 - Housing development commences
1997 - Residential development and construction of North Harbour approved.
1997 - Construction of homes around West Harbour area approved.
1999 - Tarmac demerges its construction and services businesses under the name Carillion
1999 - Construction of 'The Waterfront' commences.
2001 - Haven School opens. (newspaper report)
2001 - Residential development and water feature of South Harbour approved.
2005 - B&Q plans for a superstore rejected
2006 - 'Five Sites' residential plans rejected.
2008 - Petition for a Parish Council for Sovereign Harbour refused.
2009 - Local Liberal Democrats publish plans for the 11 Sites in a draft Master Plan.
2009 - The then local MP Nigel Waterson responded to the Liberal Democrat Master Plan.
2009 - Harbour Medical Centre plans approved.
2009 - Following a consultation, EBC publish LDF feedback report.
2010 - Pacific Drive adopted.
2010 - Planned residential construction ends.
2010 - Medical Centre build commences
2010 - 'The Eastbourne Plan' proposes further residential development.
2011 - Plans to improve and rename the retail park announced
2011 - Joint Statement over future development at Sovereign Harbour.
2011 - Plans submitted for regeneration of the retail park.
2011 - Medical Centre opens.
2013 - Sovereign Harbour SPD ratified.
2013 - Fishing Quay application given consent.
2013 - Outline Master Plan application given consent.
2015 - Community Centre plans approved for site 5.
2015 - Pacific House opens in the Innovation Park
2016 - Site 5 declared unfit January 2016. See Waterlines issue April 2016.
2016 - Revised Fishing Quay application given consent.
2016 - Reserved matters planning application for Site One given consent.
2016 - Sovereign Harbour New Homes web site
2016 - Reserved matters planning application for Site Eight given consent.
2016 - Reserved matters planning application for Site Seven (b and c) given consent.
2017 - House building on Site 8 commences.
2017 - House building on Site 7c commences,
2017 - House building (Phase 1) on Site 1 commences.
2017 - Community Centre planning application submitted.
2017 - Building of Community Centre on Site 6 commences.
2017 - Service road for Community Centre and Innovation Park completed.