Final approval for Southlands Hospital homes

S33954H14''Southlands Hospital Harness Block Exhibition. Southlands Hospital SUS-140819-161957001
S33954H14''Southlands Hospital Harness Block Exhibition. Southlands Hospital SUS-140819-161957001

FINAL plans for 106 homes on the Southlands Hospital site were given the green light by councillors on Monday night.

Adur District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the Taylor Wimpey designs, which will include the demolition of redundant hospital buildings, including the main ‘Harness Block’.

The buildings were deemed surplus to requirements by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – but the trust is shortly to open a new opthalmology centre on the retained part of the site.

Despite the approval, Marine ward councillor Liza McKinney lamented the loss of medical buildings.

She said: “As far as I am concerned this is an extremely sad day. The loss of the hospital with the amount of hosing we have got to build will come back to haunt this council.

“However, it is agreed and there is nothing more we can do about it.”

The application had previously received outline permission in February, with matters relating to landscaping, layout and scale under consideration.

Mrs McKinney remained unimpressed with the design of the homes, however.

“There is nothing unusual or different,” she said.

“The children in the primary school could have sat and drawn these houses.”

Following negotiation with council officers, provision of 32 affordable units was agreed.

Conditions relating to security measures recommended by police and residents were also added.

A total of ten objections from residents were received, with one, Angela Corney, speaking at the meeting.

She highlighted how her property would be surrounded by six gardens, presenting potential problems with noise for her and future neighbours.

Speaking in support, agent Steven Brown said: “The principle of developing the site was approved by the council through the outline permission grant.

“There is no technical objection to the scheme from any statutory consultee. There is a limited number of resident objections.

“Proposals that can demonstrate evolution to the design by responding to views and concerns and having been amended throughout the process should be looked upon favourably.”

The development will make total financial contributions of £571,000, including £50,000 of improvements to the Buckingham Park play area planned.