Residents to see how the Southwick Estate could be transformed
Released: Thursday, 31 March 2022
Adur residents will hear more about the plans to breathe new life into the Southwick Estate at public consultation events in May.
Design boards will also show different aspects of the estate from the ground up so they can get a feel for how the area could be transformed.
The Southwick Estate lies between the railway station and Shoreham Port and contains 248 homes across 13 blocks, which are owned and managed by Adur Homes, as well as two commercial properties owned by third parties.
Significant work and investment is needed to bring the blocks on the estate up to the decent homes standard and the scheme is a priority for Adur.
A project team has been working with residents since July last year to review options including refurbishment, or a partial or full redevelopment of the area.
Adur District Council would like people living on the Southwick Estate to set out their priorities for the area and have their say on its future by getting involved with the consultation process so their views are heard and considered as plans to improve the area move forward.
Initial options were presented to tenants and leaseholders in October and November at pop-up events in different locations on the estate, and at an exhibition at Southwick Community Centre.
Residents asked questions about parking, usable green space, the cost of any proposed plans, timescale and ensuring that everyone on the estate got a fair deal.
They also talked about the importance of making sure maintenance issues were tackled.
A Residents' Working Group, set up during the first stage of the project, is working with two independently appointed resident advisors who are on hand to advise the group and all residents and leaseholders on the estate.
A Council spokeswoman said:
“We would encourage all residents living on the Southwick Estate to get involved with the consultation process, whether that is coming to public meetings or taking part in the Residents' Working Group.
“We want to make sure they have a say on the future of their estate and the surrounding area so that we can provide safe and warm homes and help build a thriving community.”
Redevelopment of the Southwick Estate could give the Council the opportunity to improve the supply of housing in the area, and the quality of tenants' homes, at roughly the same cost as refurbishing the existing properties.
The Council is also carrying out fire safety work, maintenance and repairs to its existing housing stock alongside the consultation.
The Southwick Estate falls under Adur Homes' capital works programme, which has earmarked more than £5 million annually to spend on its housing stock.
To find out more about the project or to get involved go to:
Photos and map of The Southwick Estate
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