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Leader of Adur District Council praises Planning Committee

Released: Friday, 05 October 2018

The leader of Adur District Council paid tribute to the hard work of its Planning Committee after a decision to give the green light to the New Monks Farm development and a separate new business park next to Shoreham Airport.

Cllr Neil Parkin said councillors on the committee had worked hard to ensure the application was robustly and fairly dealt with according to planning law.

At a meeting of the Adur District Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 members voted in favour of the schemes. In a packed room at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing councillors heard from four speakers in favour of the schemes and four against before making their decision.

Cllr Parkin said:

“I want to thank the Planning Committee for spending hours diligently and robustly examining this application. I know this wasn't an easy decision. Schemes on this scale never are but I know councillors went about their task with the utmost focus.”

The Planning Committee voted 5-3 in favour of the first scheme which involves the construction of 600 homes and IKEA superstore. The application from New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a primary school, an extension to the Brighton & Hove Albion training ground and a community hub. Thirty per cent of the homes are affordable and 108 families from Adur's housing waiting list will get the chance to move to the new development.

The scheme would also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site, providing improved facilities.

The second scheme was approved by 5-2 vote with one abstention and gives the go-ahead for a new industrial park the size of almost four football pitches next to Shoreham Airport and on land just south of Ricardo.

A report to members of the Planning Committee said the scheme had the potential to broaden the economic base of the Adur and Greater Brighton economies and provide a richer range of employment opportunities for local residents. It is considered that the two proposals are able to complement each other and provide a wide range of job types within the wider area.

Chair of the Planning Committee, Cllr Pat Beresford, said:

“I want to thank the members of the public who attended for the passionate but polite way they contributed and listened to the debate.”

“I am confident that the members of the committee discharged their duties with regard to the facts of the case. Under planning law that is all we must do.”

While the planning committee has given the go ahead for the scheme it could still be 'called in' by the Secretary of State for consideration on procedural grounds. Opponents also have six months to consider calling for a judicial review at the High Court.


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