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Why we are proud to be a partner in Worthing, by David Joy, chief of government-backed investment company LCR




An introduction from Brian Boggis and Kevin Jenkins.


ADUR CIVIC CENTRE Developers are invited to come forward with bids for the former Adur Civic Centre site.


ON THE COVER: A PERFECT UNION The latest news on the Union Place development and an exclusive interview with David Joy, CEO of LCR .



ROPETACKLE NORTH New riverside homes in Shoreham are taking shape as developers push on with the regeneration of a former brownfield site.


PUBLIC REALM Seaside-themed public square is set to be the focus of major improvements to transform a key street in Worthing’s town centre.


ALBION STREET Adur's first new council houses in more than 30 years are set to be built in Southwick.


GRAFTON Shopping and perhaps even a hotel could be built on the site of Worthing’s Grafton car park.


WORTHING TOWN CENTRE Latest on the WBC backed schemes which will see hundreds of new residents make the retail heart of the town their home.



SUNBEAM Work to transform the site of a former Lancing care home into luxury flats is nearly complete.


WEST DURRINGTON One of the largest development sites in Worthing for decades, work at West Durrington is nearing conclusion.


LADY BEE MARINA New jobs for Southwick as plans for new commercial space on the banks of Shoreham Port start to take shape.






Brand new depot comes to Lancing as for local food wholesaler outgrows it's Worthing site.

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GIGABIT Ambitions to ensure Adur and Worthing keep pace with the digital revolution as cutting edge broadband tech comes to town.



A welcome from Brian Boggis, Adur's Exec Member for Regeneration

A welcome from Kevin Jenkins, Worthing's Exec Member for Regeneration



I’m pleased to say that the vision outlined in the District Plan is starting to take shape, as evidenced by the changes to the skyline taking place in Shoreham, with the near completion of phase one of the Civic Centre and groundworks commencing on the Free Wharf Site opposite.

We are also seeing other investors coming forward to develop other smaller, but nonetheless key sites, in the town. The recently approved plans for the Beales site demonstrate the confidence in the town and the opportunities it offers.

new year brings optimism and renewed energy to tackle the challenges ahead. In Adur we are fortunate in that our vision to create a thriving place for people to live, work and recreate is really taking shape. The word is getting out there about how special our places are.

his has all the signs of being another good year for Worthing. Our key partnership with LCR is delivering at pace and we aim to see a planning application for the jointly owned site at Union Place coming forward later this year. This offers an exciting opportunity to blend a valuable mix of retail/office with leisure and housing in the heart of our town centre.

Along the Brighton Road at Albion Street, the first of the Council’s own housing projects is underway, with other projects at Ropetackle North and Cecil Norris House also moving forward.

Regeneration cannot stand in isolation and Worthing has put in place clear and detailed infrastructure plans for 2019 and beyond for transport and health provision in the town centre.

In Lancing, the planning approval for the New Monks Farm development awaits only the Government’s final approval before we can see "spades in the ground", bringing more local employment to the area and the promise of greater financial security to Shoreham’s historic airport, with significant, if not yet fully adequate, road improvements to the A27.

Add to that a vibrant and growing cultural and tourism scene - with the planned arrival of the Worthing Observation Wheel on the seafront showing the confidence of industry to invest in the town - and it all confirms that Worthing is an attractive place for people to work and live, and industry to move to and grow.

Clearly, challenges lie ahead, but Adur District, with your support, is well positioned to meet them with confidence and optimism.

But don’t take my word for it, come to the town and take a look. We’ll be more than happy to show you the opportunities that exist for your business.

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Above: The new Focus Group office block on the former Adur Civic Centre car park site

Plans to redevelop a prime piece of Shoreham real estate are progressing with would-be developers being asked to come forward with bids for the former Adur Civic Centre site.

of sites across the area. The District is also interested in opportunities to work in partnership with the potential developer to ensure successful delivery.

Occupying a prominent spot on the coast road and situated less than 500 yards from the station, the land used to be occupied by a three storey town hall building.

Options could include complete sale of building or a joint arrangement which creates an ongoing revenue stream for the Council.

Adur District Council staff moved out of the building in Brighton Road in 2013 and contractors have since cleared the 1.5 acre site. A marketing exercise to find a development partner is now underway with the Council suggesting the land offers potential for a

"significant mixed use scheme comprising residential and commercial uses�. This could include a hotel and GP surgery.

The Council is an active investor in commercial property, as well as the development and delivery

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Across the road progress continues on the construction of a new ÂŁ10 million office block on the former Civic Centre car park which the Council is building for the growing communications firm Focus Group. Work on the outside of the building is expected to be completed in Spring. The company is expected to move into the new office later this year, ensuring the retention of 250 jobs in the area while allowing it to continue to grow - with hopes of a further 200 posts created in the first 18 months of occupation.

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For years an eyesore piece of land in the middle of Worthing, things are beginning to look up for Union Place. Bought by the Council last year to speed up development there are now plans to build homes, commercial space and extra cinema screens on the site. The Council has joined forces with a blue-chip government-backed development company to revive the site. Here we bring you the latest news on the development and in an exclusive interview with BuildingAW, David Joy, CEO of LCR, says the borough has a great future. Pages 05-10

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L-R: Martin Randall AWC's Director for the Economy, David Joy CEO for LCR, Alex Bailey AWC's Chief Exec

"WHY I BELIEVE WORTHING HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE" The Chief Executive of a blue-chip government-backed development company says Worthing is ideally placed to attract new investors and young families. David Joy, CEO of London and Continental Railways (LCR), says the borough has a great future with an economic strategy which will bring new residents, industry and traders right into the town centre. “Worthing is very well placed to make the most of the opportunities that exist in the town,” said David in an interview with BuildingAW magazine, “Its position on the

south coast with the great benefit of the sea and the Downs behind is a real asset." LCR has joined forces with Worthing Borough Council to bring forward plans for nearly 200 homes, commercial space and two extra cinema screens for the Connaught Theatre at Union Place. The Council stepped in to buy the site, next to the Worthing Theatres complex, last year after becoming frustrated by the failure of other owners to bring forward schemes.

with an impressive record of delivering world-class regeneration projects which include High Speed 1, St Pancras International, King’s Cross, the International Quarter London in Stratford and Mayfield in Manchester. It is wholly owned by the Department for Transport. David praised the Major Projects Team at the Council for helping to bring LCR on board. He added, “This is a Council that wants to get the best

for its residents. It recognises that in order to do that it needs to change and adapt to the new pressures from economic challenges, disruptive approaches and a changing population.” Despite fears that Union Place, the site of Worthing’s former police station, would remain derelict for years David is confident of progress.


A decision to enter into an agreement with LCR was made last April which saw the current small open-air car park in High Street sold to the company and allowed it to enter a 'land-pooling agreement' with the Council.

He said, “This will be an exciting new piece of the town

Through that agreement LCR is paying for works in drawing up proposals and securing planning permission, while the Council retains majority ownership of the site.

“We are aiming to bring together a development that would not have taken place if left purely to the private sector, a development that happens as soon as possible with a range of uses that complement the existing town centre.”

LCR is an entirely publicly-owned development company

centre based on a mix of uses, creating and supporting the existing cultural and commercial activities of Worthing town centre."

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ABOUT LCR LCR is a skilled commercial developer and the UK Government’s placemaking expert, with a 20-year track record of creating new destinations for people to live, work and experience. The company brings public and private partners together to regenerate transport-linked sites, transforming them through an imaginative approach to placemaking and asset management.

MAJOR PROJECTS LCR’s considerable experience includes the delivery and sale of the High Speed 1 railway and the associated multi-billion pound mixed-use developments at King’s Cross and Stratford City – two of London’s most successful regeneration stories. Its current projects include the £850 million regeneration of the Mayfield site in Manchester. Working with U+I as its development partner, the project will deliver an iconic, mixeduse community at a 24-acre site adjacent to Piccadilly station. In Stratford, east London, LCR and Lend Lease are continuing to bring forward the International Quarter London (IQL) – a £2.4bn urban regeneration which will deliver four million sq ft of Grade A office space, new homes and community facilities, within a 22-acre site. Nearly one million sq ft of office space is already let or pre-let at IQL, to organisations including the FCA, Transport for London, Cancer Research UK and the British Council. In Central London, LCR is working with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to create a major new retail destination at Waterloo Station. It has secured a 32,500 sq ft pre-let for Time Out Market to anchor the £200 million Waterloo London scheme, which is transforming land and railway arches into an eclectic food, drink, shopping and cultural destination. The scheme sits adjacent to the first phase of LCR’s Waterloo masterplan, the regeneration of Leake Street Arches, where the developer has breathed new life into the network of street tunnels underneath Waterloo Station, while preserving its longstanding reputation as an important destination for street art.

LCR is an established strategic partner to local authorities, LEPs and government agencies, providing long-term support and forming joint venture partnerships to deliver homes, jobs and economic growth from complex sites. With expertise gained from delivering some of the UK’s most successful transport hub regeneration projects, LCR assists its partners to identify development opportunities, build robust business cases and establish a long-term vision that creates the conditions to deliver homes, jobs and investment, ensuring places reach their potential.

LCR's King's Cross mixed-use development


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A PERFECT UNION BuildingAW magazine, quizzes David Joy on his company's new role in Worthing...

Can you give us some background on who LCR are and what you do? DJ: LCR is a skilled commercial developer and as the UK Government’s placemaking expert (we are wholly-owned by the Department for Transport), we have a 20-year track record of creating exciting new destinations for people to live, work and experience. We take the lead on the development of complex sites, delivering homes and jobs and creating value from land and property assets. Our skills in land assembly, placemaking, commercial development and asset management have delivered some of the UK’s most significant regeneration schemes. We are working with public and private partners across the UK to unlock strategic sites, attract investment and bring forward development. We use our understanding of government bodies to bring stakeholders together, and our commercial expertise to harness the best of the private sector. Through an imaginative approach to placemaking we create the conditions to attract investment and ensure strategic sites reach their potential. We aim to de-risk sites – to create opportunities for private sector participation – and by securing additional investment through joint venture partnerships. This approach enables us to harness specialist skills and resources to overcome challenges associated with complex sites and to deliver successful developments. I am proud to have been Chief Executive of LCR since 2011. The company has trebled in size and is now working in a wide range of locations around the country. How did you become involved in regeneration projects? What is it about the work that interests you most? DJ: I originally did a Geography degree which gave me a long-term interest in the growth and change of towns and cities. This led me to a post graduate degree course in Town Planning which, after two years of working, enabled me to become a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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I started my career working in various local authorities in a range of planning and development posts. After ten years in the public sector I moved to work with a private development company in London and the South East. I then worked for Arup, the international design and engineering co-operative company. This gave me an opportunity to work on exciting development projects overseas. I joined LCR from Arup in 1996 as Planning Director and progressed to become Development Director and then Chief Executive.

"WE ARE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS" I have enjoyed all of the work I have undertaken on regeneration projects. It has been great seeing projects from inception to completion and making real change to some of the most challenging parts of towns and cities. Who wouldn’t get a real buzz from creating great buildings and outstanding new places? Can you give us some examples of other projects you have been involved in? DJ: The projects I am most proud of being involved with include: St. Pancras International Station: The rebirth of St. Pancras was a key part of creating a fitting arrival in London for High Speed 1. As Planning Director for LCR I was responsible for setting the brief for the station and ensuring that the design development met our requirements.

"UNION PLACE OFFERS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A STRONG AND ENGAGED COUNCIL FOCUSSED ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR WORTHING RESIDENTS. MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO WORTHING RESIDENTS" King’s Cross: I was involved in negotiating LCR’s interest in the former British Rail land and ‘pooling’ this with NFC to bring together the 67-acre site. We then selected Argent and Hermes as our partners and worked with them to create a great masterplan and to obtain planning permission for 8mn sq ft of mixed-use development. I was a Director of the King's Cross Development Partnership that went on the deliver the King’s Cross development as it is today. Stratford City: I was also involved in negotiating and acquiring LCR’s interest in the 180-acre site which has become a new metropolitan centre for London. We achieved planning consent for 13.5 million sq ft without a planning appeal. This has become Westfield Stratford City, East Village (the former Olympic village) and the International Quarter, London (our joint venture with Lendlease) delivering four million sq ft of commercial space, public realm and 330 homes.

Our experience in securing development and creating interesting and different places that the public will use and value. Union Place offers us the opportunity to work with a strong and engaged Council focussed on making a difference for Worthing's residents. This is a joint-venture project - can you explain a little bit about how that works? DJ: Our joint venture with Worthing is based around LCR buying an interest in the Union Place site though the purchase of part of the Council’s land. Our purchased interest is then leased back to the Council and land-pooled with the Council land so that we exchange it for a percentage interest in the project. We are also able to include our time and expenditure to marginally increase our share. If the project doesn’t progress after an agreed period, the Council can purchase back our interest, though we do not anticipating this occurring!

Continued... The International Quarter, London

How did you become involved in Union Place? What was it about Union Place that made you want to invest in Worthing? DJ: LCR became involved in Union Place at the invitation of Worthing Borough Council, on the recommendation of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. We were originally asked to review town centre development sites, particularly those close to Worthing Station. We are very pleased to be working to bring forward development on Union Place which has had a challenging history, due to some viability and planning issues. Our remit is to deliver homes, jobs and investment at and around transport hubs and government-owned sites. We are not consultants but long-term development partners, often taking a commercial interest in the schemes we work on, to allow us to commit for the long term.

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Our agreement also includes an ability to extend the arrangement to other sites that the Council would like us to get involved with. Our role is to provide development management experience to de-risk the site and prepare it for the private sector to get involved in the project. This is a model that we find works very well for both LCR and our partners. It means we can bring our skills and resources to support the very talented staff of the Council in resolving some difficult development issues. There have been many false dawns with Union Place in the past. Why do you think this plan will work where others have failed? DJ: We will aim to address the longstanding issues with the site. We have already started to resolve the land ownership issues that existed before we became involved. We have reviewed the planning position and, working with the Council, introduced a structured development approach. This starts with examining all the constraints resulting in a study of the potential capacity of the site. Then we look at the art of the possible through a range of alternative options, testing their viability and compatibility with the objectives of the joint venture. We are now at the stage where a framework plan is emerging that will meet all the constraints and deliver a viable scheme. The aim is to develop a flexible framework that identifies key public realm and infrastructure requirements around which development plots can be brought forward as the market develops and value grows with the placemaking initiatives. This will be an exciting new piece of the town centre based on a mix of uses, creating and supporting the existing cultural and commercial activities of Worthing town centre.

"WE ARE AIMING TO BRING TOGETHER A DEVELOPMENT THAT HAPPENS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH A RANGE OF USES THAT COMPLEMENT THE EXISTING TOWN CENTRE" market. The first Time Out Market has been a very successful operation in Lisbon is now a must-see visitor attraction for the city. What are your impressions of Worthing on what you have seen so far? What are the economic strengths and what does it need to do to improve? DJ: We like to work with local authorities that have a positive approach to development and encourage new ways of working. We have found that in Worthing, where there is a great Major Projects team supported by a very strong leadership and political will. This is a Council that wants to get the best for its residents. It recognises that in order to do that it needs to change and adapt to the new pressures from economic challenges, disruptive approaches and a changing population. We only work with people that want to make a difference and recognise the value of working in partnership. We look for enduring relationships where it is recognised that regeneration is a long-term activity that takes skill and experience to deliver results.

We are aiming to bring together a development that would not have taken place if left purely to the private sector, a development that happens as soon as possible with a range of uses that complement the existing town centre.

Worthing is very well placed to make the most of the opportunities that exist in the town. Its position on the south coast with the great benefit of the sea and the Downs behind is a real asset. Being within easy reach of Brighton, Gatwick and London helps attract investors and young people, particularly those with families, to the town.


There is a sound employment base with newer high-tech industries already established. The town centre benefits from a wide range of independent traders and some longer established household names.

We bring our experience in placemaking most recently demonstrated in a small railway arch scheme at Waterloo called Leake Street Arches. Here we repurposed existing underused railway arches as a new leisure destination and route through from Waterloo Station to St Thomas’s hospital and the hotels on Westminster Bridge roundabout. We are currently developing a major retail scheme within Waterloo Station based in the old Eurostar terminal.

The priority for the town is to broaden the base of the housing offer and introduce a mix of town centre uses that will support its long-term growth. This will be achieved by careful regeneration of the existing underused town centre sites such as Union Place and Teville Gate.

This is a 130,000 sq ft retail and leisure project which will be anchored by a 32,000 sq ft Time Out Market food

I am particularly glad to be working in Worthing as I grew up in Sussex and I am now a non-executive Director of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

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We are very pleased to be involved in supporting Worthing in delivering their ambitious development strategy which will secure a great future for the town.

RISING FROM THE GROUND New homes are taking shape in regeneration of the Ropetackle North site

New riverside homes in Shoreham are starting to take shape as developers push on with the regeneration of a former brownfield site.

Demolition of the current site was completed in 2016 and construction commenced early 2018.

Hyde Housing is behind the scheme for a plot of land off Old Shoreham Road which has become a real hub of activity in recent months.

When complete, Hyde say the scheme will transform the section of Shoreham town centre, contributing to the Council’s strategic objectives and investment in the area.

Contractors began work on the 2.69 hectare site known as Ropetackle North a year ago.

Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

After an extensive period of groundworks, cranes are now operating above the land and the first houses are now starting to rise out of the ground.

"It's great to see the progress on what is a major development in the heart of Shoreham which makes the best use of a challenging site on the banks of the river"

Hyde acquired the former metal works site in July 2015. The firm secured planning permission shortly after to build 120 new, high quality homes alongside a riverside cafĂŠ and a food convenience store.

"The new homes are already springing out of the ground and I know I'm not the only one who is looking forward to visiting the cafe after a stroll along the River Adur." Below: Artist 's impression of theRopetackle North regeneration project

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CHANGE IS COMING TO THE HEART OF WORTHING A quirky interactive wall and a seaside-themed public square are set to be the focus of major improvements to transform a key street in Worthing’s town centre. The proposal to pedestrianise the thriving area of Portland Road is being developed by West Sussex County Council in partnership with Worthing Borough Council. After detailed discussions with residents, councillors and businesses, the feedback has been used to create final designs which aim to ensure the street becomes a destination in the heart of the town. Along with a new continental style boulevard, the proposals include creating an interactive art installation with revolving square cubes which will stand in front of the recessed wall of Boots. This will be flanked by new planted ‘green walls’, semi-vertical bike racks and trees, Below: Artist's impressions of the vision for Portland Road, part of the Public Realm plans

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all of which will make the area more attractive while drawing the eye away from the surrounding buildings. At the heart of the new area will be a place for people to gather at all times of the day which will be inspired by our coastal location. Above the street, designers have suggested a hanging canopy of kites which can light up at night and become a quirky attraction in the local area. Access for vehicles to the area will be maintained at certain periods of the day while the bins which currently stand at the junction with Montague Street will be removed to improve accessibility. The plans, known as public realm improvements, form part of the Growth Deal agreed by West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council in 2017. Portland Road is the first area to come forward in the £12 million plan which will be delivered over the next five to ten years and lead to a widespread transformation in our public realm in the town centre. The next area to be looked at will be South Street, with workshops being held in the spring ahead of detailed designs being worked up over the summer.


Above: Demolition is complete on the Albion Street site

Adur's first new council houses in more than 30 years are set to be built after plans to create 50 new flats in Southwick were approved.

The proposal will see a row of vacant houses formerly used for emergency hostel accommodation demolished.

As part of ongoing work to create new affordable properties across the area, Adur District Council has entered into a partnership with a developer to bring forward the proposal for land in Albion Street.

They will be replaced by two contemporary buildings of between four and six storeys in height containing 44 flats. The smaller of the two buildings will accommodate 15 affordable flats to be owned and let by the Council.

It will see the existing vacant properties demolished and replaced with two separate blocks of flats, one of which will contain 15 affordable social rent properties for people on the Council's housing waiting list. Councillors unanimously approved the plans in November 2018 and contractors are now on site carrying out demolition work. The scheme brought forward jointly by the Council and Albion Street Developments focuses on two plots of land which overlook Shoreham Harbour.

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A further six flats will be created within existing semi-detached buildings which are located on the western parcel of land. 50 car parking spaces will also be provided. Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“The is the first of a number of applications that we are looking to bring forward to create new homes across our area. I look forward with interest to seeing spades in the ground very soon.�

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Homes, shopping and a hotel - Council seeks partner for town centre development A major new housing development to include some shopping and perhaps even a hotel could be built on the site of the Grafton car park. A report by officers of Worthing Borough Council says building new homes is important to help revitalise the town centre bringing new people in to help spark new life, cultural and leisure activities. A fresh study has recommended new homes be key to the prime seafront site. The car park is currently undergoing essential maintenance to be able to keep it open in the short term but the recommendation is that it eventually be demolished to make way for the new development. The Council has pledged to ensure that car parking remains sufficient for the town centre with multi million pound refurbishments of the existing car parks, such as Buckingham Road and High Street. In the advent of the demolition of Grafton, the Council wants to upgrade car parks at Civic Centre and Lyndhurst Road to ensure there are close to the

1,800 council-owned spaces currently provided. The Council now wants to seek private sector partners who might be interested in a long term project to transform the site. Officers will continue to work closely with LCR, the blue-chip government owned development company with which it has joined forces to develop a plan for Union Place. It is hoped LCR will use their development experience in delivering complex sites to progress the Grafton development. To bring the project forward and contribute further to securing the long term vibrancy of the town centre, the Council will spread a potential loss of ÂŁ800,000 from rental and car park income over three years. When a developer is found and all the finance put in place the project is expected to begin in late 2021.

Below: Worthing Borough Council and ECE Architecture's collaborative graffiti installation on Grafton car park exterior

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Home is where the heart is Worthing town centre continues to be a place to invest in as efforts to encourage the building of new homes to invite people in and help spark new life, cultural and leisure activities is starting to pay off. Worthing Borough Council has given backing to a number of key schemes which will see hundreds of new residents make the retail heart of the area their home. The largest scheme revolves around Beales, a major department store which has had a presence in the town for more than 15 years. Landlord St Clair Developments received planning permission in December for a multi-million pound regeneration of the retailers current site which is spread across five different premises in South Street. The proposals allow Beales to consolidate its operations by moving into a newly revamped 60,000 sq ft store ensuring it can continue to trade in the town for future years. Seven new retail outlets will be created in the rest of

the ground floor space while 45 new flats will be provided above. Across the road, planning permission has also been granted to Woolbro Homes to redevelop the vacant Mothercare store. The scheme will see eight properties created above a newly-revamped commercial space on the ground floor. The plans have been well-received by conservationists for embracing Art Deco architectural references. Similar plans have also been put forward by the owners of the former Poundland building in Montague Street with developers wanting to demolish the building and replace it with a fourstorey contemporary building of 26 flats above a revamped retail space unit. A decision on that is expected in the coming weeks. To the north of the town centre Rocco Homes continues to push on with the building of 32 spacious apartments on the former Bunces Store in Chapel Road with a open plan commercial unit available on the ground floor.

Clockwise from above: The Mothercare, Bunces and Poundland sites in Worthing

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Work to transform the site of a former Lancing care home into luxury flats is nearly complete. The Sunbeam apartments are a collection of 32 modern two and three-bedroom homes, situated only a stone’s throw from the seafront in Lancing. The properties have been built on the site of the former Bell care home, a vacant 1920s three storey building which closed in March 2016. Worthing-based developer Roffey Homes gained approval for the plans in January 2017 and since then contractors have been busy transforming the site. The new Sunbeam apartments have been designed to maximise light, space and comfort. All have spacious open-plan living areas, designer kitchens, contemporary bathrooms and high-quality fixtures and fittings.

Outside space is provided to each of the flats, either in the form of balconies with glass balustrades or small gardens at ground level. There is also private parking to the rear of the property, as well as landscaped grounds, cycle stores and two lifts. An additional highlight is a communal south-facing roof terrace to the third floor, which offers 180-degree views towards the sea. The development is one of a number of new developments in the Lancing area, which includes the creation of new flats and retail space in the landmark Luxor Cinema. Ben Cheal, of Roffey Homes, said: “Sunbeam forms part

of Lancing’s ongoing regeneration and will provide owners with homes they can truly be proud of.” Pictured below: Work in progress at Sunbeam


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AN URBAN COMMUNITY SPACE FOR ALL It is one of the largest development sites in Worthing for decades - and, close to 10 years after plans were approved, work at West Durrington is nearing conclusion.

Alongside the properties, planners have made sure that the development includes a school site, a new community centre, allotments, playgrounds and sports pitches, alongside the Tesco Extra superstore.

The long-term potential of the land to the north west of the town has been recognised since the early 1980s when the 31 hectare site was suggested as a site for housing.

With building work now complete on the first phase, attention has now switched to phase two.

Detailed proposals were drawn up by the West Durrington Consortium, which comprises of Heron Land Developments, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey UK, and planning permission for 700 homes on the land was approved in 2012. The result is a high quality, sustainable mixed-use urban extension which is proving popular with people of all ages. A real community feel has been created.

Plans for up to 240 homes on a ten hectare site to the north of the original site were unanimously backed by Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee in December 2017. The proposals, brought forward by West Durrington Northern Sector Consortium, include up to 72 affordable homes. Access to the site will be from the south while to the north, a three-metre bund will be built to separate the development from the A27.

Below: Artist's impression of new homes in West Durrington

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L-R: Artist's impression of Lady Bee Marina commercial space; works in progress on site

BRINGING NEW JOBS TO SOUTHWICK Commercial space and a new pub give vibrant lift to Shoreham Port

Plans for 18,000 square feet of new commercial space on the banks of one of the south coast’s busiest cargo ports are starting to take shape. Shoreham Port is more than halfway through the construction of its new commercial property estate, which will be known as Lady Bee Enterprise Centre. The proposal for the land overlooking a marina off Albion Street in Southwick received planning permission in March. Worthing-based ECE Architecture designed the buildings and Southwick-based Pilbeam Construction is on track to complete the units in May. When finished it will comprise of three blocks of purpose built, contemporary modern business space which is already attracting a high-level of interest from firms. New tenants will benefit from renewable energy

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generation from solar panels and electric car charging points. The business units are offered with flexible lease terms, internal repairing obligations only and zero service charge. The estate provides plentiful parking and there is the opportunity to combine units and create larger premises. A number of lettings have now been finalised. Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development, at Shoreham Port, said:

“The new units form part of the wider refurbishment of Lady Bee Marina, comprising refurbishment of the surrounding buildings, improved public realm and a new pub opening in February – The New Port Arms! “The scheme will bring many new jobs to Southwick and will expand our vibrant tenant community which already stands at 150 companies.”

Former landfill site gets funding boost for new era

Ambitious multi-million pound plans to unlock a key employment site has taken a big step forward thanks to a major funding boost.

Decoy Farm is a 7.7 hectare former landfill site which was last used in the 1970s and is located in the east of Worthing. With high-profile and world-leading technical specialist businesses housed in the Dominion Way industrial estate next door, the land is a perfect fit for about 34,000 sqm of light industrial commercial space. Bringing the land into use is would allow existing companies to grow and create close to 2,300 jobs while generating economic growth in the area. The major obstacle is the environmentallychallenging nature of the land, something that

Worthing Borough Council has been working on in order to bring forward the land for development. A major boost towards these plans was received last month when Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) agreed to release ÂŁ4.84 million from the Local Growth Fund towards the scheme. The funding from the LEP will be used to remediate and clean up the site, as well improving access onto and through the site. This will include upgrading the junction with Dominion Road. Specialist consultants have been appointed to support this work and a planning application could be presented by the end of this year.

Below: The Decoy Farm site

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FOOD COMPANY'S HUNGER FOR EXPANSION SEES MOVE TO LANCING Above: Paul Moore, Head of Operations at Bidfood Worthing, and Brian Boggis Adur's Exec Member for Regeneration

A growing food wholesaler is expanding with a significant investment in an eye-catching new depot thanks to support from Adur District Council.

Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, who visited the site, said:

Bidfood, which has been based in Worthing since 1953, had been looking to relocate from a base in Ivy Arch Road for a number of years as it looked to invest and expand its operation.

“I want to thank everyone at Bidfood for giving up their time to show us around what is a mightily-impressive new operation in the heart of Lancing."

After finding an ideal site in Lancing Business Park, teams from Adur District Council worked closely with the company to develop the proposal and help it secure planning permission for an impressive new building. The result is a brand new 64,000 sq ft depot, which is 60% larger than its previous home and allows Bidfood to meet annual growth targets of ten per cent year-on-year.

"THE SITE DEVELOPMENT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HELP GROW AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY" Staff, which range from warehouse operatives to office and telesales workers, relocated to the new building in September. With the teams and operations now fully established on site, a delegation from the Council were given a tour of the building to see how the investment is allowing the firm to move more than 15,000 items of food every day. page | 18 page | 20

“This is fantastic good news story for our economy which has seen a growing company relocate so that it can expand and provide more local people with employment." “Planning is about more than providing homes; we also need to provide jobs and high-quality workspaces too. Bidfood is a great example of how as a Council we can provide support to ensure that we enable successful companies to grow in a sustainable way.” The new depot is equipped with a range of food holding areas from a 13,700 sq ft freezer to a 1,800 sq ft chilled store is being used to service customers across Sussex and Surrey. The building has been designed with a range of sustainable features including photocell activation of lighting to reduce energy consumption and zero global warming refrigeration. Currently 104 staff are employed at the site. Within 18 months this is expected to reach 120 with capacity to grow to 160 in future years.




The gigabit revolution is underway in Adur and Worthing as work to install the fastest and most reliable broadband rolls on.

The network is being built, owned and operated by CityFibre, the UK's leading provider of wholesale full fibre infrastructure.

With the ambition to ensure that our communities are well-placed to capitalise on new technology, Adur & Worthing Councils is ensuring that the next generation of digital infrastructure is in place.

At the same time DCMS is also offering financial support to small and medium sized companies, including sole traders, to the network. The gigabit voucher scheme gives firms up to ÂŁ2,500 off the cost of connecting their workplaces to gigabit broadband.

The project is being delivered through close collaboration between Adur & Worthing Councils and West Sussex County Council, supported by funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The first stage is well underway with public buildings in the process of being connected by Cityfibre to the new network. This will deliver unlimited internet speeds in excess of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) to libraries, children's centres, theatres and other public buildings.

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Cityfibre has also recently confirmed that Adur and Worthing is included in the firm's wider ÂŁ2.5 billion plan which has the ambition of bringing the fastest, most reliable connectivity to five million homes across the UK. The cutting-edge technology will ensure that the services and daily business of the county's councils will be able to be more resilient, reliable and at less risk of delay or disruption caused by poor or limited connectivity.


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What’s new? Developers hope to submit a planning application to Adur District Council shortly. 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.

What’s new? A planning application was submitted in December with approval granted this month.



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 2017.

Millfield is the first stage of a multi-million pound investment programme by the Council's housing arm Adur Homes to ensure its housing stock is modern and fit-for-purpose for its thousands of tenants.

What’s new? Planning permission to revamp 15 blocks of flats was granted in January. Contractors will now be appointed to carry out a range of improvements which will improve resident safety as well as the visual appearance of the 1960s properties.

Adur District Council is behind the plans to create some of the first council housing in the area for 30 years at Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road, Shoreham. The plan will see the disused 1970s block demolished and replaced with a new modern block of 15 affordable homes for Adur Homes tenants.

To reduce the risk of flooding to Shoreham and encourage private investment in the area, Adur District Council struck a deal with Sussex Yacht Club (SYC) in Shoreham. It sees the local authority buying some of the land and the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse on a reconfigured site. Once the new building is finished, the Council will build new flood defences alongside a new cycle and pedestrian route. What’s new? The yacht club gained planning permission for the new clubhouse last year. This month, a separate proposal for a new flood wall and pedestrian / cycle route was also approved. page | 23

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What’s new? The scheme is separated into 10 reaches, or lengths, of the estuarine bank. Major work is nearing completion on nine of these reaches with works around the airport still ongoing.

What's new? Work on the construction of the £200 million development started in autumn 2018 with the first stage to construct a new wall to protect the site from flooding.

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 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.

Southern Housing Group received permission in January 2018 to redevelop a former aggregate-processing site in Brighton Road, Shoreham. The plans will see the creation of 540 quality new homes, 160 of which will be affordable. Commercial spaces that will provide 200 new jobs and a new riverside walkway along the harbour arm will also be created.



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.

What’s new? Work on the redevelopment is underway with new retail tenants already in place. The flats above are soon to go on the market.

Adur District Council has struck a deal 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.

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The former cinema in the heart of Lancing has been saved after Adur Council worked with developers to preserve the facade of the Art Deco building in South Street. A proposal to convert it into 12 flats and a ground-floor shop was approved by planners in October 2017.


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What’s new? Work on a detailed planning application is ongoing and is due to be submitted to the Council later this year. Work could start in Winter 2019/20 with the building complete in 2021.

What's new? Councillors approved a proposal for 46 homes on the site in December. This will see 36 properties created in three new blocks, with ten flats created in two additional storeys on top of Columbia House. The plans also include commercial space. With permission already being granted in 2016 to convert Columbia House into 102 homes, in total 148 new homes will be provided on the site.

Worthing Borough Council is developing a proposal to create a one-stop hub on the town hall car park in Stoke Abbott Road. The £18.5 million investment in public services could see brand new facilities providing primary care, such as GP surgeries, alongside mental health and community services.


Worthing Borough Council stepped in to demolish the multi-storey and other prominent buildings near Worthing Station as the 1960s car park was proving expensive to operate and nearing the end of its useful life. Demolition is now complete. What’s new? The Council is looking to re-open part of the area as a temporary car park. Work continues behind the scenes to encourage Mosaique Global Investments, the private owner of the land, to bring forward wider regeneration plans for the whole area, which it is calling Station Square. page | 26

Columbia House in Columbia Drive, Worthing was built in the 1970s as a fivestorey purpose built office block on land next to the current Tesco superstore. But, in order to maximise the potential of the site in West Durrington, an application to develop residential homes on the plot was submitted to Worthing Borough Council.


Teville Gate House is a large office block in Railway Approach which has been vacant for a number of years. It is privately-owned and neighbours the main Teville Gate site. What’s new? Plans to create a new office block for up to 1,000 workers were unveiled to the public last month ahead of a planning application being submitted.

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As part of wider plans to regenerate the seafront, Worthing Borough Council is entering into agreements for developers to convert ageing shelters into new restaurants What’s new? Bistrot Pierre have been granted a longterm lease to convert and expand the structure opposite West Buildings into a restaurant overlooking the beach. Detailed plans are being worked up. A second shelter - near Steyne Gardens - has also been offered to would-be developers.

TRAVIS PERKINS Plans to create a new builder’s merchants at the former Dairy Crest Depot in Sompting Road, Worthing, were approved in 2016. The scheme comprises two buildings, one housing Travis Perkins and Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, and the other City Plumbing Supplies. In total 30 jobs will be created by the scheme. What's new? Construction on the £2.6m commercial development began last year and has been moving at a good pace with the new buildings set to open in the coming months.



In order to build on the success of Worthing’s town centre creative hub, the Council has developed six-figure plans to expand the complex to accommodate digital businesses. The flexible office space would be equipped with gigabit broadband and allow small firms to grow.

Worthing Borough Council has ambitious plans to transform Brooklands Park in Brighton Road. The first phase - the revamp of the lake - is now complete with a new boardwalk installed.

What's new? The Council is in negotiations to purchase two neighbouring buildings in High Street and works to refurbish them could start later this year.

What's new? A masterplan for the rest of the land was revealed in October with the Council revealing its ambition to turn the space into a science adventure park. Since then, work has been ongoing to draw up detailed proposals, go out to tender to appoint contractors and secure funding to pay for a list of features. page | 27