Cement works project will soon seek backers

An aerial shot of the existing cement works site, part of which is leased out to businesses
An aerial shot of the existing cement works site, part of which is leased out to businesses

BACKERS will soon be sought for a community proposal that could see the regeneration of Shoreham Cement Works.

The Off Grid Project has been developed with support from Upper Beeding Parish Council, building on the Neighbourhood Plan that is currently being developed.

ZEDfactory, a leader in the field of zero-carbon design and development, is now in the process of building a website to advertise the proposals and seek backers.

Sean Teatum, vice-chairman of the parish council, said: “It is now waiting for the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to publicly state what they won’t allow.

“The Off Grid Project was formed as a positive response to a series of negative proposals put forward for the Shoreham Cement Works site – one of the biggest brownfield sites in the south east, situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park.”

A team of professionals, including architect Bill Dunster, business strategist Alex Hole and project manager Matt Bulba, has turned the community’s ideas into innovative proposals which they believe can be properly funded.

The Off Grid Project was formed as a positive response to a series of negative proposals put forward for the Shoreham Cement Works site

Sean Teatum, vice-chairman of Upper Beeding Parish Council

The design concept is for a mixed-use development with zero carbon housing, eco tourism, green industry and business start-ups.

The master plan states: “We will sensitively create desirable holiday accommodation within a vaulted amphitheatre that can host the world’s leading musicians and performers.

“The iconic industrial buildings will be retained, renovated and enhanced with the addition of a solar roof. Our proposal will safeguard existing jobs and create new employment that responds to the unique context of the national park.

“By providing a new cultural offer it will create an exciting new role model for developments in the national park.”

Mr Teatum said the community development would have an initial expense of £104million, an initial income of £113million and an annual income of £5million, while providing more than 500 jobs.

The proposals have already been presented to Coast to Capital’s enterprise board and the SDNPA.