Worthing & Adur Local Interests
Important announcements of planning and developments from the area are posted below regularly.
Worthing leaders welcome BoKlok announcement
Worthing Borough Council leaders have welcomed news that innovative housing provider BoKlok UK has stepped up its commitment to investing in the town.
The sustainable, quality and low-cost home provider, which launched in the UK in 2019 and is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has today (February 4, 2020) announced the exchange of contracts on its first three developments.
Worthing is the first of those with a planning application to create about 150 properties on land west of Fulbeck Avenue now submitted.
Pending approval, BoKlok homes will be priced so that home ownership is more accessible for local working families. As part of the deal, the Council would be able to retain control of 30% of the units, ensuring it can provide social housing to those on the local waiting list.
BoKlok homes are completed using modern methods of construction. This enables high quality, low and predictable costs and minimum waste.
The completed homes are manufactured off-site and feature high quality IKEA fittings. They are then transported to the construction site for assembly.
In addition to Worthing, BoKlok have signed deals to bring forward proposals in Bristol and Peacehaven. Together these sites will provide around 400 homes, subject to planning permission.
Plans to revamp Montague Centre approved
Montague Shopping Centre is set to be transformed into a restaurant destination after plans were approved by Worthing Borough Council's Planning Committee.
New River Retail's application included the construction of a new freestanding glazed kiosk and the change in usage of several units from shops to restaurants and cafes.
The kiosk is designed specifically for Patisserie Valerie, who's arrival will be key to bringing other high quality restaurant operators to the Centre. The application also features new paving throughout the Montague Centre, replacement of existing trees with similar high quality trees, and new street furniture. ^Montague Centre Artists Impression^
Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Chair of Worthing Borough Council's Planning Committee, commented:
Greater Brighton urges Secretary of State to support £182m New Monks Farm development
The leader of Greater Brighton region called for a swift government response on the New Monks Farm development.
Cllr Garry Wall has written to the Secretary of State on behalf of the Greater Brighton Economic Board backing the plan to deliver 600 new homes on the site, a new IKEA store and business units alongside the A27 in Lancing.
The development which totals £182m worth of investment and could bring £28m a year into the local economy has already been given planning permission at a special meeting of Adur District Council last year.
Under planning law the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has the power to ‘call in’ sizeable developments such as that at New Monks. A ‘call in’ would lead to a review by the national planning inspectorate of the decision to grant permission.
Protocol says the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, should make a decision on ‘call in’ within 21 days but New Monks has now been sitting on his desk for more than 100 days.
In a letter to Mr Brokenshire Cllr Wall points out that the Greater Brighton’s role is to maximise opportunities to ensure the region is able to fulfil its economic potential.
Cllr Wall, who is also leader of Mid Sussex District Council, writes: "The Board has asked me to outline the significant economic benefits that could flow from the development and improvements within these applications. There is local support for them and a package of supporting infrastructure benefits that will significantly assist the area."
He adds that the future of Shoreham Airport is at serious risk if the developments, and the investment they will bring, do not go ahead.
"The airport operator and local consultative committee have indicated that these developments represent the best option for keeping the airport in operation," he tells the Secretary of State.