Approval for 'much-needed' council housing in Shoreham
Released: Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Plans to create some of the first council housing in Adur for three decades have been given the go ahead by councillors.
Adur District Council's planning committee last night (Monday 11th February 2019) approved the scheme for the vacant Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road, Shoreham.
The proposal will see the former block of retirement flats demolished and replaced with a high-quality development of one and two bedroom properties for people on the housing waiting list.
Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes housing, described it as a “great result”. He added:
“I'm delighted that the planning committee approved these plans to create some of the first new council housing in Adur for 30 years.”
“This proposal will see us demolish an outdated 1970s vacant block which did not meet the needs of our tenants and replace it with modern homes in the heart of Shoreham for individuals and families on our housing waiting list.”
“Along with the Albion Street development in Southwick and plans to develop a number of smaller plots across the district, it shows we are serious about our commitment to create new affordable housing for people across our communities.”
The proposal was brought forward by Adur Homes, the Councils' housing arm, to meet the shortage of one and two bedroom properties in the area.
The modern building will be highly energy efficient, incorporating cycle spaces and a green roof to improve urban biodiversity.
It will consist of five one bed, eight two-bed and two split level maisonettes with private gardens at the eastern end of the building.
Those behind the scheme added that a blend of red, brown and white bricks will make the building distinctive while a green wall would soften the view from neighbouring homes.
A number of changes were also incorporated into the final design after public consultation.
Councillor Carol Albury, Adur District Council's Planning Committee Chairman, said:
“The proposal is a noticeable upgrade on the current site, making best use of the land and providing high-quality accommodation for local people.
“Although this was a very tough decision, taking into obvious consideration the concerns of neighbours, after a lengthy debate and many questions I believe the committee made the right decision.”
The application was discussed and agreed by Adur District Council's Planning Committee on 11th February 2019.
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