Council to consider new housing plans

Released: Friday, 02 September 2022

Plans for 67 homes on two empty sites in Shoreham and Southwick are set to be considered next week.

A proposed redevelopment of the vacant Howard Kent site on Brighton Road in Shoreham to provide 21 townhouses and 24 flats will be looked at by Adur District Council's planning committee on Monday (5th September 2022).

Plans for 22 homes on the former primary school site in Manor Hall Road, Southwick, will also be considered.

Cllr Steve Neocleous, Adur District Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said:

“We are wrestling with a severe shortage of housing to meet the needs of people in Adur - a requirement to hit Government targets on building new homes and the understandable concerns of residents about increased pressure on infrastructure.

“These two sites are both currently unused and not offering anything to the community but it is absolutely right that the concerns of residents should be taken on board by the developers and the Council.”

The proposed development of the former Howard Kent site is made up of 21 townhouses arranged in three terraces of three and four storeys, an eight-storey block of 24 apartments and a riverside cafe and walkways.

A planned redevelopment of the site was rejected back in 2018 because of the size of the proposed scheme, which was originally set to include 136 homes.

The amended plans also now offer improved designs to compliment neighbouring buildings, as well as new green spaces and better pedestrian access to the riverside.

The Southwick development involves a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses in a cul-de-sac.

Residents would also have access to a shared central village green and small seated area, while the south-east corner of the site would be kept free of development and become an ecology area with public access restricted to aid biodiversity.

The planning committee will also review a report on the Council's newly improved procedures to provide more protection for trees at developments.

The new approach will mean that planning committees can specify that trees are to remain in place by attaching specific conditions to new planning permissions, while developers would only be able to depart from this if they made a further application, which could then be called back to the committee by councillors to consider.

Any trees on a site to be retained and new tree planting would be protected for at least five years after work is completed.

The changes were requested by Cllr Neocleous after a row of conifers were cut down at the Southern Housing development of 74 homes at The Mannings in Surry Street, Shoreham.

Photo: The Howard Kent site in Shoreham

PR22-165 - The Howard Kent site in Shoreham

Photo: Entrance to the former primary school site in Manor Hall Road, Southwick

PR22-165+170 - Entrance to the former primary school site in Manor Hall Road, Southwick

Photo: The former primary school site in Manor Hall Road, Southwick

PR22-165+170 - The former primary school site in Manor Hall Road, Southwick

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