PROPOSALS to redevelop a former bus station into new homes and retail space will be put to public consultation.

The proposed redevelopment of the former bus station on Eastgate Street in Lewes will be put on display at a drop-in exhibition for public consultation on Wednesday, October 20.

The site, which has been allocated for development for over 15 years, has potential to deliver new homes, space for small businesses and an active street frontage between the High Street and the Phoenix Estate.

If grated, 39 apartments two houses and 19 car parking spaces would be built on the site.

There would also be about 360sq metres of commercial space.

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Property developer Generator Group, who purchased the site in April, says a design team is working collaboratively on the proposals with the developer.

The property has not been used as a bus station since Southdown Motor Services/Stagecoach sold it in 2006.

According to the Generator Group, it was agreed by the owner of the site at the time that East Sussex County Council and the bus companies could continue to use the tarmac areas of the bus station for dropping off and picking up passengers on a temporary licence basis.

The former bus station facilities have since been let to various tenants including a café, a charity literature company, a builder for the storage of materials and a warehouse for furniture.

East Sussex County Council is responsible for the provision of bus stops in Lewes.

But to assist with finding a longer-term solution, Generator Group has commissioned an expert transport consultancy to undertake a review of possible locations in Lewes town centre for the reprovision of the bus stops currently on site.

This will be shared as part of the public consultation.

A Generator Group spokeswoman said: “We encourage local people to visit our exhibition and look forward to discussing our proposals with you.”

The public exhibition will be open from midday to 8pm on Wednesday, October 20, at the warehouse next to the bus stops at the former Lewes Bus Station in Eastgate Street.

Feedback on the proposals will also available online at until November 3.