Government awarded cash to kickstart emergency housing plans in Worthing

The old RAF Air Cadets site at Victoria Road, Worthing to be redeveloped for emergency housing

Emergency housing funding to tackle housing crisis

Worthing Borough Council has been awarded more than £100,000 of Government money to kickstart plans for more emergency housing for families.

The Council wants to redevelop the former RAF Air Cadets site in Victoria Road to create flats for families who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This is part of the Council’s ongoing programme to tackle the housing crisis in the town. There are more than 1600 people on the housing register in Worthing.

Planning application for housing plans in Worthing

The Council applied to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for financial support and was awarded £104,000 from the Brownfield Land Release Fund to prepare the site for the new homes.

The Council plans to build 11 flats with communal gardens on the Victoria Road site following consultation events which were held with local residents in July.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted in January 2023, which will take into consideration the feedback from the consultation.

Councillor Emma Taylor, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Citizen Services, said: “We are desperately in need of emergency housing and this money is welcome as it will allow us to prepare the site and hopefully get the flats built as soon as possible.”

The Government funding will be used to remove the existing huts from the site. Overgrown bushes will also be cut back and cleared.

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