Have Your Say on the draft Worthing Local Plan
Members of the public are being urged to have their say on a blueprint to guide the future development of Worthing for the next 15 years.
The draft Worthing Local Plan sets out the vision for what the town could look like by 2033 by ensuring there is the right mix of places for people to live, work and play.
Central to the proposal is the allocation of land to build more than 4,000 high-quality homes while also protecting three major open spaces to preserve the sensitive green gaps either side of the town.
The Council is now encouraging residents, businesses and other representatives to come forward and have their say on the proposal during a six-week consultation period which starts today (Wednesday October 31, 2018).
During this time, two drop in events will be held in the Gordon Room at Worthing Town Hall: on Wednesday November 14 from 3pm to 8.30pm; and November 23 from 10am to 3pm,
All comments will be fed into the ‘Submission draft’ before a final version is presented to a government inspector for Examination.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Whether you live, work or regularly visit Worthing, the Local Plan is something that affects everyone who has a vested interest in how our town develops in future years.
“While we have limited land due to being trapped between the sea and the downs, it is our duty to try and create a development plan which not only provides much-needed housing but also protects some of our most valued open spaces and employment areas.
“We really need to hear all comments, those that are supportive of the proposals we are bringing forward and those who wish to suggest changes. It is essential to the success of the plan that the Inspector is able to see the weight of opinion. The public's view in this is extremely important to that process.”
Those behind the Worthing Local Plan have spent the past two years carrying out extensive studies into every parcel of land in the borough as the Council looks to ensure the right mix of places for people to live, work and play in the future.
Even with the development of major brownfield sites such as Teville Gate, Union Place and Grafton Car Park coming forward, comprehensive evidence published to support the Council’s first draft has demonstrated there is only enough land in the borough to provide just over 4,000 dwellings by 2033. This is way below the assessed need level of more than 12,000 homes.
Among those areas proposed for development are land off Upper Brighton Road (123 homes), land east of Fulbeck Avenue (50) and part of the Northbrook Caravan Club site (75).
However, even with housing pressure, the Council has made an initial commitment to place protected status on environmentally sensitive areas such as Goring Gap (South), Chatsmore Farm (between the A259 and railway line at Goring) and Brooklands Park.
The 180-page document also indicates that there remain significant obstacles to developing other greenfield areas such as land east of Titnore Lane and land off Beeches Avenue.
The document also includes detailed policies on a range of planning issues, such as affordable housing provision, heritage, design, retail and the economy. When adopted, these will be used when making decisions on future applications.
Planners will take on board all feedback from the consultation before creating a final version which will be presented to a Planning Inspector towards the end of next year.
Once approved, the plan would be reviewed after five years in line with government requirements.
All comments need to be submitted by 5pm on December 12 via email@example.com.
To view the Local Plan and for further information visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/worthing-local-plan.