Conservation area reviews announced for Worthing

Released: Wednesday, 18 October 2023

The character of five coastal, green spaces and a single neighbourhood could be further protected should locals agree with proposed conservation area changes.

Worthing Borough Council, working with The Worthing Society, is considering extending the town's seafront conservation areas because of their special historic and architectural interest.

Residents and visitors to Worthing are being invited to have their say on the proposed extension of the Steyne Gardens conservation area, as well as the creation of a new one at Marine Gardens and its surroundings.

The change would see Denton Gardens, Beach House Grounds and Beach House Park, along with part of Park Road, included in the conservation area - protecting historic and renowned features of Worthing's town centre.

We are also considering the creation of a new conservation area at Marine Gardens, which would include the three large residential blocks of flats around the perimeter. Examples of detached housing, which form part of the wider suburb, are also included within the tightly drawn boundary.

We are seeking locals' views on the proposed designation, which would help protect and maintain historic features of the 1930s garden and surrounding areas.

A third request was made by The Worthing Society to extend the Goring Hall Conservation Area. However, historic research undertaken into the extent and interest of Goring Hall estate does not support a case to extend the conservation area across the Goring-Ferring gap.

Instead, we have updated the conservation area's character appraisal to highlight the positive contribution the Goring-Ferring green gap makes to the area.

Susan Belton, Chairman of The Worthing Society, said:

“The Worthing Society Committee are pleased to fully support the recommendations of the Heritage Consultant following the recent conservation area reviews.

“These areas form the backbone of our 'heritage map' and show the historic character of the town. They include buildings of architectural interest and safeguarding our valued parks and gardens.

“A designation as a conservation area can ensure the appearance of these areas is protected and enhanced for future generations.”

Cllr Caroline Baxter, Worthing's cabinet member for regeneration, said:

“I'd like to thank The Worthing Society for its continued interest in promoting and protecting our heritage sites for future generations.

“I'd encourage the community to share their thoughts on the proposed changes as, while conservation areas are introduced to protect valued sites, we are aware they can also be restrictive towards some homeowners.”

Residents and visitors to Worthing can have their say on the proposed conservation area changes by visiting:

For updates on the consultation, follow the:

Photo: A new conservation area has been proposed for Marine Gardens and its surroundings

PR23-142 - A new conservation area has been proposed for Marine Gardens and its surroundings

Photo: Beach House Park, Worthing

PR23-142 - Beach House Park, Worthing

Photo: Denton Gardens, Worthing

PR23-142 - Denton Gardens, Worthing

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