16th October, 2020
At their November meeting, Worthing Planning Committee members resolved to grant outline planning consent for the residential-led, mixed-use scheme at Union Place in Worthing. The 1.1 hectare site represents a long standing regeneration aspiration for Worthing, and has sat largely unused for more than a decade. The redevelopment of the site will deliver 169 new homes, 670sqm of flexible commercial floorspace, extension to the existing Connaught Theatre and 90 bed hotel within 6 buildings ranging in height from 3 to 14 storeys. The proposal will also deliver significant public ream enhancement with the landscape design influenced by the historic pattern of gardens and green yards on site.
The site sits in close proximity to several heritage assets in the form of both Statutory Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. The proposal was designed to respond to this setting whilst also making efficient use of a highly sustainable town centre site. The development will provide a significant contribution to the long-term economic sustainability of the town centre with the range of uses targeted to create a development that supports the local community while contributing to long term growth.
On behalf of LCR and Worthing Borough Council (who entered into a land pool agreement), Quod have managed the application from pre-application stage which involved promotion of the site through the Local Plan and a period of comprehensive post submission engagement with Historic England. The application received unanimous support from planning committee members on the 4th November 2020.