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• FEBRUARY 2018 •

Focus on the future

Why the groundbreaking Ham Road development is good news for the council, business and the taxpayer

Let's Get Moving

Boost for Union Place as Council steps in to kick start economic regeneration

Continental-style Continental-style Unveiling the grand vision to create ‘continental-style’ boulevards in Worthing town centre.

YOUR UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS ADUR AND WORTHING


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CONTENTS

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COVER STORY: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE AW talks to Ralph Gilbert of Focus Group about why the Ham Road development is good news for everyone...

WELCOME An intro from Brian Boggis & Kevin Jenkins.

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COVER STORY: UNION PLACE Boost for Union Place as Council steps in.

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ADUR LOCAL PLAN Adur’s development blueprint approved.

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HIGHDOWN'S LOTTERY FUND BID The award of Lottery funding helps to preserve the world-famous gardens' future.

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COVER STORY: BRINGING BOULEVARDS TO WORTHING Continental-style vision to improve access for all to Worthing town centre..

SHOREHAM HARBOUR A round up of Adur District Council’s longterm ambition to regenerate the riverfront with homes, business and public space.

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LUXOR Preserving the landmark Luxor building in Lancing.

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#SCRATCHPAD Music lights up town at Worthing’s Creative Hub, Colonnade House.

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ADUR; THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

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WORTHING; THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS Artist impression of Union Place


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WELCOME BY BRIAN BOGGIS AND KEVIN JENKINS

Brian Boggis, Adur's Exec member for Regeneration.

We in Adur have an exciting 2018 ahead of

Kevin Jenkins, Worthing's Exec member for Regeneration. The year has started with a bang.

us. The council has taken the lead and site It started early when the final Full Council meeting of 2017 formally adopted the Adur District Plan and presenting us with a firm blueprint for the future of the whole area.

hoardings are up around Teville Gate. This spring will see us bring down the buildings we have control over as we nudge this overdue site forward for development,

It recognises that we are a growing

working with Mosaique to hold them to their

community and ensures that due

promises to bring a planning application

consideration is given to quality residential

forward soon.

development and the provision of the necessary infrastructure, such as education, health provision and employment, to avoid us just becoming a dormitory for the larger nearby conurbations.

The wheels however, have already begun to turn, with the nearly completed

But not content with that, we have taken the initiative and have bought the vacant old police station site, we now have control of the key Union Place sites and will seek effective development partners in the coming months to deliver on this prime site.

“Parcelforce” site in Shoreham, the demolition of the old Civic Centre and the

Add to this our vision in the Seafront

recently approved Ham Road office

Investment Plan to improve our magnificent

construction on the site of the adjoining car

seafront, the partnership with West Sussex

park amongst the exciting proposals.

County Council to improve the town centre public realm and there is a lot to look

We still await the Highways England’s

forward to.

revisions to the planned improvements to the A27 and hopefully they will be sufficient to open up many of the further opportunities for development outlined in the Plan in the west of the district.

It will be a busy year but I think we’ve got off to a good start so far.


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FOCUS ON BRIGHT FUTURE FOR CIVIC CENTRE CAR PARK In the next few weeks contractors from Adur

We have just under 250 members of staff,

District Council will start work on building a

with most of them based in Southwick. We’re

new office block on a disused civic centre car

continually growing but now we have run out

park in Ham Road, Shoreham. But the space

of space. We are running out of places not

will not be used by public sector staff; it will

only for desks but also recreational areas for

be leased to a growing communications

staff.

company currently based in Southwick. To find out why this groundbreaking development

How did you end up in Southwick?

is good news for the council, good for business and good for the taxpayer, Building

As we started to grow, we started looking at

AW sat down with RALPH GILBERT, OF FOCUS

buying a premises near our Hove base. When

GROUP.

we found this office [Europa House] in Southwick Square we were sold straight

Ralph - thanks for talking to us. Let’s start by asking who you are and what Focus do?

away.

It had been empty for a while but we loved I started the company 13 years ago with my

the fact it was so close to amenities like the

partner Chris Goodman. We started off in

green and the shops. It had free parking

Hove selling calls and lines to businesses to

too, something you rarely get in Brighton and

save them money. We began selling

Hove.

telephone systems and business mobiles, and then as technology advanced, we acquired IT

If people came here in the summer they

company so that we could provide a

would see Southwick Green full of our staff

completely integrated communications

with frisbees, footballs and picnics - it’s all

solution.

going on.

Now, we offer everything – Telephone

I regularly pop out across the harbour to

Systems, Mobiles, IT Services, Data

Carat’s cafe on the seafront or go and grab

Connectivity, CCTV, and even Gas and

a coffee from a shop in the square. On

Electricity.

Friday afternoon the pub is full of our staff too!

We work nationally but most of our customers are predominantly based in the South East.

I can’t really think of a better location for us than here. We would love to stay here but we simply do not have the space for our growing company.


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Why were you so keen to stay in the Adur area?

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Then we then looked at building our own offices down on Shoreham Port on reclaimed land, but the associated costs of building in

It’s the location and the lifestyle. All those

that environment were too much for us.

things I’ve just mentioned, Shoreham has so many of those qualities.

So we were short on options and that’s when we spoke to the council about the civic centre

But perhaps most importantly it’s just over a

in Shoreham.

mile away so we will not have any fall out from our staff who cannot reach our new base.

The Ham Road site is still really close to amenities and public transport, with the bus and train links equally as good.

We will miss Southwick Green but I believe the new office will have quite a large roof terrace which no doubt will be popular in summer. I’m not sure that there will be too many footballs or frisbees allowed up there though!

We talked about converting the old red brick

"A RADICAL MOVE FOR A LOCAL AUTHORITY"

building but Adur Council had their own ideas. They wanted to knock it down and redevelop the whole area. I can see why they wanted to do that as it’s such a key site and a real

How did the move to Shoreham come about?

gateway to the town.

Following on from that came the idea of using We preempted that we would grow out of the building about three years.

the car park across the road. At this point we had our hearts set on this site and were quite surprised how flexible and willing the council

At that point we looked extensively for a new base which led to us putting in an offer on a

were in wanting to go ahead with what is quite a radical move for a local authority.

building near Portslade Station. I didn’t really like it but there were not many options, so it was a relief that we were outbid on that building.

The only option we really had apart from that was moving out of the area into Mid Sussex where there is plenty of land. The local


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council up there wanted us to relocate but it

With Brighton down the road and two

would have been too much disruption for all of

universities, there’s a real desire for people to

our staff. That’s why we were so happy when

stay on after higher education which means

Adur came forward with this idea.

there’s a big ability to employ well-trained staff

Some companies have reservations working with local authorities. How has it been working with the council on the development?

They like to come to Southwick rather than Brighton due to the easy access - by that I mean good public transport links and the free parking.

The whole team at the council have been

It means we can attract people from Seaford

brilliant. They realise the importance of

and Eastbourne in the east, as far as

keeping local companies in the area, in terms

Littlehampton and Bognor out west and north

of jobs and the impact that has on the local

to Croydon, whether they drive or get public

economy.

transport.

If we would have moved out of the area then

"I’M AMAZED THAT THE COUNCIL IS DOING THIS FOR US."

it would have really set us back too. We would have lost between 25 and 30 percent of our staff as they simply would not have been able to get there. Our staff are the most important part of our business, which is why the proposal was so critical for us.

What do you think of the plans to redevelop the wider Adur area?

I’m amazed that the council is doing this for us. I don’t think it will sink in until I can see those diggers!

I think it’s really exciting. When we move to the new office we are not sure what may happen across the road on the Civic Centre site. I’m

Work is due to move in March and it can’t come soon enough for us all.

What are the main benefits of doing business in the area?

confident there will be shops that we can use and even maybe a hotel. That will only benefit us.

People do moan about the traffic but name a town anywhere in the UK that does not have

The main things I think are easy access, free parking and the pool of staff.

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the high street to the other takes ten minutes - it’s not that bad.

I love the look of the new plans for the Shoreham Harbour which includes the Free Wharf development. Once that whole stretch of development is done then you will have people running, cycling all the way down

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"SHOREHAM’S FUTURE IS REALLY EXCITING AND WE’RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO BE PART OF IT."

there. It is a beautiful setting and those flats with those views across the river and out to sea will be really attractive to homebuyers.

As we grow, the operational teams will be based at our head office in Shoreham, so this will be our home.

I think Shoreham’s future is really exciting and we’re really looking forward to be part of it.

We anticipate that by the time we move in to the new site we will have well over 300 staff.

What does the future hold for you and the rest of the Focus team? We currently have just over 200 staff in Sussex and our strategy is to look to expand by buying up other companies across the UK.

The current cramped office space at Focus HQ in Southwick

Once we are in I think realistically we will create another 200 jobs in the first 18 months.

That’s obviously great news for us, local workers and the local economy.


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BOOST FOR UNION PLACE AS COUNCIL STEPS IN

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Councillor Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “For too long residents and businesses in Worthing have waited for firm proposals to come forward for Union Place.

“But in order to provide local people with jobs and homes we need to get moving on this.”

In 2016 the Council attempted to bring the development of the site forward by proposing a

For many years the former police station at Union

partnership with the owners of the site, Change Real

Place has been surrounded by hoardings as

Estate Ltd.

developers struggle to bring forward plans for the site.

Now Worthing Borough Council has stepped in to buy the land to maximise its potential. The Council will take on the responsibility of bringing in a development partner as its efforts to kick start economic regeneration move up a gear.

It wants to bring forward major plans within the next 12 months.

"WE NEED TO GET MOVING..." Among the ideas for the 1.4-acre area was a multiplex cinema, about 150 residential apartments and up to seven restaurants in a mixed use scheme.

But, with no firm plans being brought forward, the council has used

£3.5m of money secured through

the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to The bid follows hot on the heels of the Council’s

buy the plot from Change.

decision to demolish the Teville Gate multi-storey car park to create impetus for the private development of the rest of that site.

The council will now pool together all of the land it owns in the street to develop a viable redevelopment scheme which will provide jobs,

By combining Union Place with the car park which sits on land the local authority already owns, council

homes and recreational space for those living in the town.

leaders say the package is a prime development site now under their control.

Leaders say they are willing to consider all potential options for the site to ensure that a project is delivered which was beneficial to everyone.

Artist impression of Union Place


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ADUR LOCAL PLAN ADUR’S DEVELOPMENT BLUEPRINT APPROVED

The Adur Local Plan, which will give residents control over development across the area for the next 15 years, has been approved by councillors.

The Plan, which covers all the District except those parts which are in the South Downs National Park, will:

In what has been a six year process, Adur District

Deliver a minimum of 3,718 properties up until

Council has consulted with hundreds of residents,

2032 - more than half the housing need of

businesses and other stakeholders in drawing up the 1,200-page blueprint.

The result is a document which has been found 'sound' by a Government appointed Inspector and which now gives the local authority control over where and how much development is built up until 2032.

6,825; Deliver a minimum of 41,000 square metres of commercial space across three main sites Shoreham Airport, Shoreham Harbour and New Monks Farm; All developments of ten or more homes required to provide 30% affordable housing;

Unlike many other authorities locally and nationally,

Preserve a “local green gap” to ensure

Adur's plan has been supported by a Government-

individual settlements like Shoreham and

appointed Inspector.

When backing the blueprint, Inspector David

Lancing retain their individual identities; Inclusion of greenfield housing sites at New

Hogger said that he accepted that the council

Monks Farm in Lancing and land at West

could not fully meet the housing demand in

Sompting 250 residential dwellings (full

the area due to “significant constraints of building”

application)

in an area buffered by the sea and the South Downs.

350 residential dwellings (outline application) 32,900sqm of IKEA store (outline)

However, he made clear he would only give approval to the document if it included the word “minimum of” in regard to number of homes and commercial space in key strategic allocations.

Relocation of travellers site with an additional two pitches (full) New A27 Roundabout at Sussex Pad junction, with associated access roads (full) 28 hectares of Country Park (full) Two football pitches for Brighton & Hove Albion training ground (full) School and community hub (outline)

The Plan also makes clear that where a development does not mitigate the impact on air quality the application will be refused.

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LOTTERY WIN SECURES THE FUTURE OF HIGHDOWN Worthing’s world-famous gardens at Highdown have received a major boost with the award of Lottery funding to help preserve their future.

The gardens, internationally important because they are home to hundreds of rare and exotic plants and trees uniquely grown on chalk soil, are visited by tens of thousands of people every year.

It is also envisaged that a new visitor centre to tell the story of the gardens and its surrounding landscape will be built to help tell the fascinating story of the originator of the gardens, Sir Frederick Stern, and his contribution to worldwide horticulture.

"THIS MONEY WILL ALLOW US TO... PRESERVE THE FUTURE OF HIGHDOWN" Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Diane Guest, said; “I’m delighted to hear about the award of HLF Stage One money. Highdown Gardens is a jewel in our

Worthing Borough Council, which owns and maintains the gardens, has now successfully applied for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to

crown and I think the Council can be justifiably proud of our work keeping Sir Frederick Stern’s legacy intact.

develop a long-term survival plan for the landmark which is open free to the public.

“However this money will allow us to develop a plan which will preserve the future of Highdown, its important plant collection and increase enjoyment for the tens of thousands of visitors who enjoy the gardens every year.”

Highdown was designated a National Collection in 1989 to recognise that Sir Frederick had proved something most experts told him he could not; to grow plants on terrain with just a few inches of soil above chalk. Chalky soils are notoriously difficult to grow on. Artist impression of how the new visitor centre might look

The Fund has awarded almost

£100,000 to the

He left the gardens to the Council after his death

Council to develop a new plan for the 8.5 acre-

in 1967. February 2018 will be the 50th anniversary

gardens which will include action to preserve

of the Council taking ownership.

plants which could be crucial to stopping rare specimens becoming extinct and the establishment of breeding processes to ensure the survival of the rare plants.

Click here for more info about the HLF bid


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SHOREHAM HARBOUR Adur council’s long-term ambition to create

and health provision as well as measures to

regenerate Shoreham Harbour and create a

mitigate the impact of the development on air

new high-quality residential area with riverside

quality.

promenade and cycle path has taken a major step forward.

Nearer the town, work is ongoing on the development of flats and commercial units on

Southern Housing Group's proposal to create a

the former Parcelforce site.

ten building development on the Free Wharf site in Brighton Road received the green light at

Meanwhile, further east, plans for the Stamco

a planning committee committee last month.

site in Brighton Road are being developed.

It will see 540 riverside homes - including 162

Next door, GEC Properties has applied to

affordable units - created on a derelict harbour

create 136 homes within three buildings on the

site.

former Howard Kent site.

In addition to half of the three acre site being

The properties would include a mix of studio,

transformed into attractive public space, a

one, two and three bed homes, 30 per cent of

retail unit, three restaurants, and office space

which will be affordable.

for small and medium business will be created. The proposal is now live with the application Developers also pledged to set aside more than

ÂŁ2 million towards infrastructure

due to come to planning committee in the coming weeks.

improvements. This includes highways, schools,

Click here to view the proposed submission

Artist impression of GEC Properties plans for the former Howard Kent site


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BRINGING BOULEVARDS TO WORTHING

Click here for more info about the 'public realm' improvements

A grand vision to create ‘continental-style’

The improvements will help to connect and

boulevards while improving access for all to

enhance six key redevelopment sites in the

Worthing town centre has been unveiled.

town (Teville Gate Site, Union Place Site, Grafton Site, Stagecoach Site, Aquarena

The proposals, which also include

Site, and the Civic Site) through a series of

pedestrianising some areas, focus on key

‘public realm’ improvements.

routes and connections from the railway station to the seafront, such as the station approach, Portland Road and South Street.

The plans, funded by West Sussex County Council form part of a ‘Growth Deal’ agreed by the county and Worthing Borough Council earlier this year.

“This has the potential to affect everybody who lives, works and visits our borough" Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration

The deal sets out a joint pledge to work in partnership on a number of key projects to deliver regeneration and growth in the area during the next five years.

Proposed plans for Portland Road


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It will also see both councils work with

Details of the plans can be found on the

developers and residents to ensure that

County’s website at www.westsussex.gov.uk

planned investments to help deliver new

by searching for ‘growth deals’.

residential, commercial, leisure and retail spaces will result in a better town centre for

Both councils will work together on

all.

preferred options with a view to undertaking a detailed public consultation in the spring.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted to be working so closely with West Sussex County Council on this project which will see major investment and the delivery of real improvements to our town centre.

“This has the potential to affect everybody who lives, works and visits our borough and builds on wider vision to regenerate the area.

“I urge everyone to take the opportunity to view the options to find out more.” Above: Map highlighting areas for development

Proposed plans for Portland Road


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LUXOR HISTORY RETAINED PLANS UNDERWAY TO RESTORE THIS 1930S TREASURE Adur District Council's decision to

The Luxor building has great

preserve the landmark Luxor building

sentimental value for Sir Sydney

in Lancing has been met with praise

because he started his first job

from one of Britain's most illustrious

there even before it opened its

cinematographers Sir Sydney

doors as a cinema.

Samuelson CBE. He said: “I was employed to clean Sir Sydney’s career in the film industry

up after the builders together with

began in the 1940s art deco building

my mop, scrubbing brush and pail.”

in South Street. In 1940, cinema staff didn’t go to Since then, both he and the building

film school but started the

have embarked on different paths:

old fashioned way. Above: Sir Sydney in 1939

Sir Sydney ventured into Hollywood and became a Bafta grandee while the Luxor has fallen into

“You just had to start at the bottom claw your way up and hope for a bit of luck,” he said.

disrepair.

But plans to renovate the Luxor are now afoot something which pleases the film empresario.

From a 14-year-old trainee ‘rewind boy’ in Lancing, Sir Sydney has held some of the most important jobs in the film industry.

When he heard about the renovation - and council’s insistence that the front of the building be preserved for future generations, he contacted the local authority to say: “It is quite touching to find that the front facade of the old Luxor will be

Not only was he appointed the chairman of BAFTA, he was made the UK’s first film commissioner responsible for encouraging Hollywood filmmakers to make their films in

retained.”

Britain.

Back in the day, the Luxor building was a thriving

He was also awarded a CBE for services to the

picture house with cinema-goers queuing round

film industry and given a knighthood by Prince

the block to catch the latest releases.

Charles.

The Art Deco facade and the Luxor name was

Sir Sydney Samuelson is one of the most

once a much-loved landmark for the village but

successful film producers this country has ever

over recent years the building has been neglected

seen, but he has never forgotten his Lancing

and fallen into disrepair.

Even though the building is not formally listed, the development was approved on the condition that the building's facade and Luxor name be maintained.

roots and his time at the Luxor.

He said: “I may be one of the very few people still alive who worked at the Luxor when it opened.”


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MUSIC LIGHTS UP HEART OF WORTHING Global singing sensation Rag’N’Bone man is one of a

project off the ground from which we can build

host of leading musicians to lend their creative talents

longer term.”

to #Scratchpad, a pioneering music project for young people which will light up the heart of Worthing.

#Scratchpad workshops for those aged between 14 and 25 are already underway.

Based at the town’s creative hub Colonnade House, #Scratchpad will see budding musicians receive

The transformation of Colonnade House has been

expert mentoring from industry experts.

designed by creative digital artists As Described, who brought their interactive installation Geminate II

The six-week project is being led by Northbrook MET college and youth music organisation AudioActive, whose track record of developing new talent includes #Scratchpad mentor Jack Stephens, of Drum n Bass outfit SpectraSoul, and Rizzle Kicks, who are now patrons of the charity.

AudioActive’s newest patron Rag’n’Bone Man will also

to Worthing last year.

“HAVING THIS GREAT PROJECT IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN CAN ONLY GIVE A BOOST TO THE AWAKENING MUSIC SCENE." Mike Pailthorpe, course leader at Northbrook MET

make guest appearances during the project. The Sussex-born singer is also supporting the charity’s

For this project they have vinyl-wrapped the ground

ambitious longer term plans to develop a Centre of

floor of Colonnade House and turned it into a virtual

Excellence for grassroots talent development in

stage where members of the public will be able to

Worthing.

see and hear the work being made by young people as this building in Warwick Street is transformed at

Adam Joolia, AudioActive’s CEO, said: “We're thrilled

night into a video installation and listening booth.

to be working on Scratchpad in collaboration with Northbrook MET & Colonnade House. It's promising to

Adam Seaman, of As Described, said: “The unique

be a really exciting project and with some amazing

setting of Colonnade House provides such a great

artist mentors already on board.

canvas for the public and participants to hear and see the creative work as it evolves through the

“For a while now, AudioActive have been laying

project."

foundations towards some pretty major developments in Worthing, so we're really excited to be getting a

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Updates from Adur


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NEW MONKS FARM & BEACH GREEN

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NEW MONKS FARM Revised plans to build 600 homes and a new Ikea superstore in Lancing have been the subject of further public consultation. Adur District Council received an updated proposal from New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, for the site.

The revised application included changes to the residential layout, reducing the proposed height of IKEA store creating a footpath along the River Adur to improve pedestrian and cycle access to Coombes Road under the A27 flyover.

WHAT'S NEW? A decision on the proposal will be made by planning committee in the coming months possibly at the end of March. BEACH GREEN Adur District Council struck a deal in March with internationally-renowned firm Boxpark, working in conjunction with Big Beach Cafe in Hove Lagoon, to create a new community cafe at the derelict toilet block in Shoreham’s Beach Green.

Proposed layout for New Monks Farm development

WHAT'S NEW? An exclusivity agreement has been signed between the local authority and the Boxpark team. Plans are being developed with a consultation in the coming months.


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AOAC & ROPETACKLE NORTH

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ADUR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE (AOAC) Located on the banks of the River Adur, the popular outdoor activity centre closed in 2015 when the operators went into voluntary liquidation.

In September, Adur District Council awarded a 15-year lease of the building to a partnership of two organisations - leading education charity United Learning and outdoor education specialists Adventure Lifesigns.

WHAT'S NEW? The centre has undergone redecoration and is due to reopen to schools and the wider community by the end of February. ROPETACKLE NORTH Hyde Housing bought the 2.69 hectare site north of the railway bridge along the River Adur in Shoreham in July 2015.

Planning permission has been secured for 120 new, high quality homes, a focal point riverside cafĂŠ, a food convenience store and new flood defences along with a river walk.

WHAT'S NEW? Demolition of the current site was completed in 2016 and construction is underway. Artist impression of Ropetackle North development


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TIDAL WALLS

TIDAL WALLS & WEST SOMPTING

The Environment Agency is leading on 7.2km of defences along the River Adur between Shoreham Fort and the A27. Once complete, the scheme will will significantly reduce flood risk to more than 2,300 properties in Shoreham and East Lancing, as well as protecting important local infrastructure including roads, the railway line and Shoreham Airport.

WHAT'S NEW? The scheme is separated into 10 reaches, or lengths of the estuarine bank. Work has started on eight of these sections. The northern section of the Downs Links and Lower Beach Road reopened in December and plans which would lead to major road works on the A283 have been dropped. WEST SOMPTING Persimmon Homes and the Sompting Estate Trustees are behind the proposals which is on land earmarked for development in the Adur Local Plan. Plans to create 520 homes on land west of Sompting were presented to the public in September and a consultation has been completed.Â

Current completed works on Adur Tidal Walls project

WHAT'S NEW? Developers hope to submit a planning application to Adur District Council in late spring. The proposed application will consist of a hybrid application, which will include an outline application for the full site and a detailed proposal for the first 100 new homes.


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LANCING FLATS & LADY BEE

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SUNBEAM FLATS, LANCING TThe Sunbeam apartments are a collection of 32 modern two and three-bedroom homes, situated only a stone’s throw from the seafront in Lancing. Developer Roffey Homes said: “Sunbeam forms part of Lancing’s ongoing regeneration and will provide owners with homes they can truly be proud of.”

WHAT'S NEW? Work on the flats is ongoing with the concrete frame now complete and work on the external envelope beginning. LADY BEE MARINA Plans to create 14 commercial units for businesses on part of Shoreham Harbour have been submitted to Adur District Council. Shoreham Port Authority has applied to create 14 commercial units on land known as Lady Bee Marina off Albion Street, Southwick.

The site, some of which has been reclaimed from the canal, is currently a clear gravelled site. It is surrounded by port related buildings and activities, as well as existing commercial buildings to the north.

Artist impression of Sunbeam apartments

WHAT'S NEW? A proposal was officially lodged with Adur Council in January. The public were asked to comments on the plans before it goes before planning committee in the coming weeks.


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Updates from Worthing


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SEAFRONT SHELTERS & DECOY FARM

SEAFRONT SHELTERS As part of a wider plan to develop the seafront, the council marketed two shelters with the aim of developing them into restaurants. The aim is to develop town's foodie reputation and increase the seafront and town centre's appeal as a tourist destination. Bistrot Pierre were announced as the winning bidders for the West Buildings shelter in October.

WHAT'S NEW? Developer Nextcolour Ltd, who will build the restaurant for Bistrot Pierre, are due to go out to public consultation on plans in spring. A full planning application will follow. The winner of the second shelter opposite Steyne Gardens will shortly be announced. DECOY FARM The 7.7 hectare site off Dominion Way in east Worthing used to be a landfill site. It is designated for employment use, with the hope of creating space for existing firms within the local area to relocate.

WHAT'S NEW? The Council has appointed specialist consultants to assess the best strategy to bring the contaminated site back into use and list off-site highway improvements to redevelop the site for industrial purposes. Seafront Shelter


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GRAFTON CAR PARK

GRAFTON CAR PARK & BAYSIDE

Grafton multi-storey car park occupies a prominent location between the retail town centre and the historic seafront. This key location is dominated by a 1960’s multistorey car park that is coming to the end of its useful life.

Worthing Borough Council has previously marketed the site with outline permission for a broad range of uses, inviting proposals for everything from hotels, to ice-rinks, museums and new homes. However, given the complexity of the site, developers have not been able to deliver a viable development.

WHAT'S NEW? The council is continuing to work with the owners of adjoining sites to bring forward redevelopment. BAYSIDE Roffey Homes is pushing on with

£45m

plans to transform the seafront site into 141 homes, a cafe and commercial space.

Worthing Borough Council handed over the former leisure centre site to the developer in September. The whole scheme is set to be completed within three years.

WHAT'S NEW? Demolition is nearly complete and steel sheet piling will start soon. The compound on the beach is nearing completion and Marketing shall commence in late March / early April. Artist impression of Bayside Apartments ©Roffey Homes


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WORTHING TOWN HALL CAR PARK

TOWN HALL CAR PARK & BROOKLANDS

In a bid to make best use of its land and improve the quality of care received by patients, Worthing Borough Council is developing a proposal to create a one-stop hub on part of the town hall car park in Stoke Abbott Road. The

£18.5 million plan

could see brand new facilities providing primary care, such as GP surgeries, alongside community care services, which includes mental health provision, social care and clinical nurses.

WHAT'S NEW? The council agreed to push ahead with the plan in October and negotiated a development agreement with health partners. A public consultation exercise will take place on March 21 prior to a planning application being submitted later in the year. BROOKLANDS PARK Five Rivers Environmental was awarded a contract to carry out the environmental work to revitalise the lake at the heart of the park in Brighton Road last summer. Silt and debris from the bottom of the lake is being extracted to create new banks and an extra islands which will encourage wildlife to return to the area.

Work is progressing at Brooklands Park

WHAT'S NEW? The work to drain and relandscape the lake is due to be completed this spring. The Council has also employed landscape architectural consultants Chris Blandford Associates to produce a masterplan for the entire landmark park. Full plans will follow.


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TARRING & WEST DURRINGTON

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TARRING Work on two former care home sites in Tarring are ongoing. Rocco Homes gained permission to demolish Irene House in Parkfield Road and create 22 flats last year. A separate application to create a new 75-bed care home on the former Priory Home in South Street was approved by planning committee last month.

WHAT'S NEW? Construction work is underway on the Rocco site. Developers working on behalf of the Priory Application hope to start demolishing the Priory site in the coming weeks. WEST DURRINGTON The West Durrington Consortium – made up of Heron, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes – is behind the plans for more than 1,000 homes along with a community centre and extensions to local medical facilities.

WHAT'S NEW? Work is progressing on the construction of 700 dwellings. An application for the Community Centre has recently been submitted and will be considered in the New Year. A planning application for 340 dwellings (Phase II) was approved in December. Artist impression of plans for West Durrington