Shoreham welcomes ‘monstrous’ site’s replacement

The new site will be based on the grounds of Harness Block of Southlands Hospital
The new site will be based on the grounds of Harness Block of Southlands Hospital

PLANS to eradicate a ‘monstrosity’ of a building in Shoreham have been welcomed this week.

Scores of residents turned out to see the latest plans to convert a ‘derelict’ section of Southlands Hospital into a new 106-home development.

The consultation event was held by developers Taylor Wimpey, at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, in Little High Street, and saw some 120 visitors over Friday and Saturday.

The designs showed a proposed layout of the site and gave details about the types of property on it.

The scheme has since been welcomed by Adur District Council’s Southland’s ward member, councillor Ken Bishop.

He said: “The Southlands Hospital site is a done deal because the NHS will never use that building again.

“It’s derelict, rat-infested and wont be used as a hospital. What’s the alternative?

“You can’t have that building standing there, falling to bits.”

Mr Bishop said the plans to rejuvenate the site, off Upper Shoreham Road, had been welcomed by those living close to it.

“The people living in Crown Road, in my ward, are more than happy with the plans,” he said. “They have got this monstrosity behind them which they all want to see the back of.”

The new 2.2-hectare (5.4 acre) housing development would be comprised of a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, and two to four-bedroom houses.

A total of 32 affordable properties and 212 car parking spaces would also be built.

Mr Bishop felt the scale of the site was appropriate but did warn that if more developments were to be constructed, there would need to be improvements to the area’s current infrastructure.

He added: “Obviously we need as many houses as we can have.

“There is a housing shortage, not just in Adur but in most places.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said the company had plenty of feedback from local residents.

He said: “We had some very useful discussions with local residents, councillors and other key stakeholders and we will now look carefully at the comments we have received to make sure people’s views are taken into account as we finalise our planning application.”

People are still being urged to leave their feedback to the scheme.

The plans are available to view, in full, by visiting www.taylorwimpey.co.uk