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Two seafront hot-spots up for development

Released: Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Two of the most desirable development hot-spots on the Sussex coast are up for grabs as Worthing seafront takes another leap forward.

Two seafront shelters either side of the pier are being offered for development by Worthing Borough Council which is seeking to turn them into landmark leisure facilities.

The sites, opposite West Buildings and Steyne Gardens, officially go on offer today but have already attracted plenty of interest from would-be developers.

Photo: Worthing Promenade Seafront Shelter - west of Worthing Pier (opposite West Buildings)

Worthing Promenade Seafront Shelter - west of Worthing Pier

Photo: Worthing Promenade Seafront Shelter - east of Worthing Pier (opposite Steyne Gardens)

Worthing Promenade Seafront Shelter - east of Worthing Pier (Steyne Gardens)

The Borough Council is insisting that winning bids deliver high-quality venues which bring fresh creativity and vibrancy to the seafront.

The West Buildings site has the potential to be turned into a high-end restaurant using the existing shelter as an entrance and possibly extending out towards the sea. Such an extension is thought to be more difficult for Steyne Gardens.

Developers will be asked to be mindful of the heritage value of the shelters.

The council's Executive Member for Regeneration Cllr Kevin Jenkins said:

“These shelters are prime positions for developers to capitalise on the growing reputation of our seafront as a premier destination of choice.”

“We want something that will inspire residents, the increasing number of newcomers we are seeing moving here and visitors alike.”

In 2007 planning permission was given for an 84-seat restaurant at the West Buildings site but the presence of a major sewer running along the promenade helped put an end to the scheme.

However, talks with Southern Water have now confirmed the possibility of connecting the site to the main sewer and, by ensuring design proposals incorporate the shelter, previous obstacles can be overcome

Worthing Borough Council's Head of Place and Investment Lynda Dine said:

“We believe this is a great opportunity to move the seafront forward, offering something different.”

“We hope to attract some really creative bids.”

She added that those looking to expand the Western Buildings site out onto the beach would need thoughtful suitable designs for such a challenge.

Closing date for bids is Monday 10th July 2017 with both sites available on a long-term lease.

(PR17-065)

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