Developers encouraged to consult the community on major developments in Adur and Worthing

Released: Wednesday, 25 October 2023

The community could get more of a say on major developments in Adur and Worthing under proposals to strengthen planning guidelines.

We want to encourage developers to engage in community consultation prior to submitting a planning application on all major projects.

The move aims to ensure that the community gets a chance to help shape major developments, such as residential developments of 10 or more homes, before plans are finalised. This will ensure a smoother decision-making process and lower the risk of difficulties or misunderstandings.

We have updated our statement of community involvement (SCI), which sets out how the public, businesses and interest groups can get involved in the planning process.

Under the proposal, we will expect to see evidence that developers have consulted with the public with in-person, digital and non-digital methods, including a combination of exhibitions, meetings, workshops, publicity in the local press, leaflet drops and questionnaires before submitting an application.

The SCI also stresses the importance of using a combination of digital and traditional methods of consulting residents to ensure that residents are not excluded from participating. This approach ties in with our pledge to offer genuinely participatory ways for residents to be involved in decision-making.

Cllr Steve Neocleous, Adur's cabinet member for regeneration and strategic planning, said:

“We know that planning decisions can have a big impact on the lives of people, especially for people that live or work near major developments. That's why it's important for residents and businesses to have the chance to be involved from the get-go.”

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

“As a council for the community we want to make sure that everyone gets the chance to have their say on important decisions, including older people and hard to reach groups that may not have access to digital platforms.”

Residents have until Wednesday 6th December 2023 to read and comment on the revised SCI as part of a consultation that has been launched.

Hard copies of the document will be available to read at Worthing Town Hall, Worthing Library, Lancing Library, The Shoreham Centre, Shoreham Library and Southwick Library, as well as viewable online.

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