'˜Victory' claim as Beach Green plans curtailed

THE PREFERRED developer for a dilapidated toilet block in Shoreham Beach will not be able to develop a wider green space.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 5:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 5:16 pm

Scores of residents spoke out against initial concepts by developer Wilbo’s to transform Beach Green into a ‘leisure destination’, which put forward ideas for a restaurant and surrounding attractions.

But after objections, Adur District Council has clarified its position on the plans.

Angus Dunn, cabinet member for resources, said: “The developer’s original concept explored ideas to utilise a much wider part of the green than we originally marketed. The council’s initial stance was that this would only be considered with the expressed support of the community, which has not been the case.

“Therefore, only the marketed area will be available. There is no question of beach huts being moved or any form of development on the local nature reserve.

“We would like to reassure residents that we have made it very clear to the developer that any scheme must be much closer to the original specification, adhering to the specified boundaries.”

Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association held a public meeting when the plans came to light, with Mr Dunn bombarded with questions about the council’s stance on the issue.

Chairman Joss Loader said: “This is a victory for common sense and a good example of how local people can talk to politicians and actually make their opinions heard.

“It is very good news for Shoreham Beach and the future of its open green spaces.”