Future of allotment sites considered

Eastbrook Allotments, viewed from Old Shoreham Road S23512H13
Eastbrook Allotments, viewed from Old Shoreham Road S23512H13

THE future of three former allotment sites is being considered by Adur District Council.

Views are sought on plans to redevelop the vacant and overgrown sites, which are in Southwick and Fishersgate.

The draft development brief for the Eastbrook area includes Eastbrook Allotments, a former market garden in Manor Hall Road and Manor Hall Nursery.

Residents and other interested parties have until 5pm on Friday, January 30, to comment.

The Eastbrook Allotments is designated for employment uses in the form of business development.

The market garden site is considered suitable for potential housing (subject to overcoming access constraints), open space or a small-scale community use.

Manor Hall Nursery is suggested for open space or a small-scale community use.

Pat Beresford, Adur executive member for regeneration, said: “The brief we have put together sets out some interesting development opportunities for these important areas.

“The brief guides prospective developers by setting out the background context, any planning constraints and development proposals.

“This redevelopment is designed to help meet the needs of our communities. The brief will not affect existing working allotments but may provide an opportunity to improve them subject to funding.”

Anyone who wants to submit a comment can do so by email to planning.policy@adur-worthing.gov.uk or by post to Adur Planning Policy Team, Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS.

Hard copies can be viewed at Adur Civic Centre, the Fishersgate Centre, Fishersgate Meet-in Place in Laylands Road, Portland House in Worthing, Southwick Community Centre and Southwick Library.

They are also available online at www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/land-and-property/development-sites/#former-eastbrook-allotments

Following the outcome of the consultation, a final brief will be prepared for consideration by Adur’s planning committee.

The next steps will be to investigate options for the necessary funding, which could include a community-led project if enough interest is shown.

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