Adur’s first new council houses in more than 30 years are set to be built after plans to create 50 new flats in Southwick were approved.
As part of ongoing work to create new affordable properties across the area, Adur District Council has entered into a partnership with a developer to bring forward the proposal for land in Albion Street.
It will see the existing vacant properties demolished and replaced with two separate blocks of flats, one of which will contain 15 affordable social rent properties for people on the Council’s housing waiting list.
After praising the design and concept of the scheme, councillors unanimously approved the plans at a Planning Committee meeting this week (November 5, 2018).
Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said: “I’m delighted that this innovative scheme to create the first new council homes in Adur for more than 30 years has been given the green light.
“Even though we are restricted in terms of land and finance, as a Council we are committed to doing what we can to provide local residents with good quality, affordable accommodation.
“The Albion Street development will see us create 15 properties for people on our housing waiting list and a further 35 high-quality units for the open market in a desirable and sustainable location.
“The is the first of a number of applications that we are looking to bring forward to create new homes across our area. I look forward with interest to seeing spades in the ground very soon.”
A report presented to the planning committee highlighted that the development brought forward jointly by the Council and Albion Street Developments focuses on two plots of land which overlook Shoreham Harbour.
The proposal will see a row of vacant houses formerly used for emergency hostel accommodation demolished.
They will be replaced by two contemporary buildings of between four and six storeys in height containing 44 flats. The smaller of the two buildings will accommodate 15 affordable flats to be owned and let by the Council.
A further six flats will be created within existing semi-detached buildings which are located on the western parcel of land.
50 car parking spaces will also be provided.
Councillor Carol Albury, Chairman of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “The Albion Street development will provide much-needed one, two and three bedroom properties in a high quality development which is within walking distance of Southwick’s centre and key transport routes.
“The significant economic, social and environmental benefits demonstrably outweigh any negative effects of the proposed development, which is why members of the committee were united in supporting this well-designed scheme.”