New multi-screen cinema and restaurants in extended Arndale Centre get the go-ahead

Plans for a nine-screen cinema and seven restaurants within the proposed extension to the Eastbourne Arndale Centre have been given the go-ahead.

The exciting new additions to the Centre's existing plans for around 23 new stores and extra car parking spaces brings the total investment by owner Legal & General Property to £85 million.

Eastbourne Borough Council's planning committee gave unanimous support to the application for the cinema and restaurants, and work is expected to start on site next year.

Earlier this year it was revealed that H & M will be one of the anchor stores opening in the Centre's extension, with many more new names expected to be announced in the coming months.

Simon Russian, Head of Retail Development at Legal & General Property, welcomed the planning committee decision.

He said: "I would like to thank the committee and Cllrs Tutt and Elkin and Stephen Lloyd MP for their ongoing support and encouragement.

"The addition of a state-of-the-art multi-screen cinema and new restaurants to the extension will help to revitalise the night-time economy of Eastbourne, while the 23 large new shops will give the town one of the best shopping offers in the region.

"This is a tremendously exciting development that will attract visitors from across the South of England and act as an important catalyst for Eastbourne's wider regeneration," Simon added.

The first retail phase of the extension is expected to open in the autumn of 2016, with the second phase of retail and leisure to open in late 2017.