Biodiversity, Environment and Open Space (Worthing)

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Worthing Landscape and Ecology Study

Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA) was commissioned by Worthing Borough Councils to undertake a Landscape and Ecology Study of eight sites around the edge of the town which have been promoted for development through Worthing's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The main study provides a landscape, visual and ecological assessment for each opportunity and uses these findings to assess the suitability for development of each site. The Landscape and Ecology Study will form part of the evidence base for the emerging Worthing Local Plan. 

Since the publication of the main study in 2015 additional work has been undertaken to assess two additional sites and to provide a more detailed review of the three areas in the original study that considered to have 'low' suitability for development.  All additional work is available to view below: 

Additional work undertaken since the publication of the main study in 2015:

For the Worthing Gap and Landscape Capacity Study 2007 please see the:

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Local Green Space Assessment

The Government introduced Local Green Space designations in its 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The designation is intended to protect green spaces which are of particular importance to local communities. Applications for Local Green Space designations have been made for the Goring Gap, including Chatsmore Farm to the north and the Goring-Ferring Gap site to the south. These applications, along with Brooklands to the east of the borough, are being considered by Worthing Borough Council through its Local Plan process. The Council commissioned Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA) to undertake an appraisal of the landscape suitability of these sites for designation as Local Green Spaces.

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Biodiversity Annual Monitoring Report

A summary of the impact of planning applications on the biodiversity levels in Worthing Borough:

For older reports please see the:

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Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

This document sets out the Habitat Regulations Assessment, also known as Appropriate Assessment of Land Use Plans produced by Worthing Borough Council:

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Joint Sport, Leisure and Open Space Study

To assess current provision and identify specific needs (in terms of quality or quantity) in order to accommodate the demands arising from future growth Adur & Worthing Councils commissioned an up-to-date Joint Sport, Leisure and Open Space Study which comprise of these components:

They provide an assessment of current provision as well as identifying specific needs and quantitative or qualitative deficits or surpluses in provision in order to accommodate the demands arising from future growth. The Open Space Study also provides a quantitative assessment of the quality of publicly accessible open spaces in Adur and Worthing.

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Open Space, playing pitch and indoor sports study - 2014

The following studies help provide a clear picture of existing and future open space, sport and recreation needs in the Adur District and Worthing Borough and the current ability to meet those needs in terms of quality, quantity and accessibility:

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Ecosystem Service Maps

These maps have been produced by the Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre and Sussex Wildlife Trust. They consist of a series of maps showing green infrastructure assets, capacity, demand, service benefiting areas and management zones across a number of topic areas including accessible nature, air purification, carbon storage, education, green travel, local climate regulation, noise regulation, pollination and water purification.

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Page last updated: 02 February 2021