Residents and businesses urged to have their say on Union Place plans in Worthing

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New plans for Union Place after feedback on previous designs

Residents and businesses have the chance to have their say on plans to transform Worthing’s derelict Union Place site with 200 new homes.

Worthing Borough Council is working with developer Roffey Homes on a scheme to use the former police station site and the adjacent NCP car park and High Street short-stay car park for housing.

Previous designs for the site suggested the land could be used to build flats, including affordable homes, along with a hotel and an extension to the Connaught cinema.

But feedback has shown there is limited support for the hotel and cinema options so they no longer form part of the proposals.

Redevelopment to prioritise housing for local residents

The Council wants the development to prioritise the provision of affordable homes, and homes for social rent, that meet the needs of local residents. It is also keen to ensure the new buildings have an innovative, creative feel, and that they fit in well with Worthing’s heritage and architecture. The consultation will enable the Council to see whether its aspirations are shared by residents.

The revised designs focus on providing up to 200 homes with generous garden spaces at first floor level to provide much needed space for planting and play facilities. Car parking, which was more prominent in the previous plans, is now at ground level in covered areas under the gardens and flats, alongside commercial businesses.

To enhance the setting of the development, Union Place would become a tree-lined road again, as it was more than 100 years ago.

The Council bought the site of the former police station and the NCP car park for almost £9.7 million and agreed to work with Roffey Homes earlier this year to push forward the redevelopment of the area.

Transforming Union Place into a colourful “corner of the town”

Cllr Martin McCabe, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Union Place is ripe for redevelopment to create much-needed, sustainable homes for our community and new jobs.

“This is an important site in the town centre so I hope as many people as possible will look at the ideas we have and tell us what they think of them, so we can make sure we create a plan that is right for the community.

“For years this site has been an eyesore, but we have a real opportunity here to turn it into a celebrated, interesting and colourful corner of the town again.”

People can review the plans at eceplanning.com/public-consultation-union-place and leave feedback. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 7th December.

A further consultation is planned for early 2023 to consider the scheme in more detail before a planning application is submitted.

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