Historic England backs extra protection for Shoreham Toll Bridge

Released: Wednesday, 06 July 2022

Shoreham's historic toll bridge should be given extra protection from development by putting it within a conservation area, government heritage experts agree.

Historic England has supported suggestions by Adur District Council that the structure should be included in a proposed extension to the Old Shoreham conservation area.

The Council's planning committee this week recommended that the Council agrees to the changes, after officers reviewed the boundaries of Old Shoreham conservation area for the first time since the 1990s and asked the public for their thoughts.

The review also recommends excluding from the conservation area a small number of modern homes in Connaught Avenue, Adur Avenue and Lesser Foxholes because they do not contribute to the historic character of the town.

A separate review of Kingston Buci conservation area recommends that its boundaries should be amended so that modern homes in Rectory Road and Spinnals Grove are excluded. Land to the south west of Shoreham College and land immediately to the north of the railway line which is now used as a transmitter station is also set to be excluded.

Kingston Buci conservation area is centred on the historic manor, the 11th Century St Julian's Church and rectory. Also included within the conservation area is the 19th Century croquet and lawn tennis club east of Kingston Lane.

At its meeting on 4th July 2022, Adur's planning committee recommended that the Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Steve Neocleous, approve the changes to the conservation areas and confirm extra planning restrictions for the areas known as Article 4 Directions.

Article 4 Directions limit permitted development rights for properties within the area, meaning porches, extensions and demolishing walls would need planning permission.

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Photo: Shoreham Toll Bridge

Shoreham Toll Bridge


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