Victory for Shoreham Beach as plan refused

The dilapidated bungalow at 17 Old Fort Road, Shoreham Beach S31507H14
The dilapidated bungalow at 17 Old Fort Road, Shoreham Beach S31507H14

PLANS to redevelop a dilapidated bungalow on Shoreham Beach have again been refused.

The detached property at 17 Old Fort Road sits between two much larger, modern, flat-roofed houses.

Refusal of permission to demolish the bungalow and replace it with a two-storey, four-bedroom house is seen as a victory for Shoreham Beach residents.

A previous application for two three-storey, flat-roofed houses on the site, refused by Adur Council and on appeal, helped spur Shoreham Beach residents into preparing the groundwork for a Neighbourhood Plan.

Ben Stride, who represents Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association on the council, said: “There is a general groundswell of objection to these type of properties on Shoreham Beach.

“It has got to the stage where we now have our neighbourhood forum and have started work on a Neighbourhood Plan, which will have a design guidance for properties that the residents would actually like to see built and not the developers.”

Adur District Council’s planning committee voted to refuse Pursuit Properties’ application at its meeting at Adur Civic Centre on Monday night.

Mike Mendoza said they had to go with the local feeling, even though officers had recommended approval for the project.

“We are here to represent the people who live in the area,” he added.

The committee has faced opposition to various similar applications in Old Fort Road in recent years, mainly large modern properties with flat roofs, some of which have been approved.

James Appleton, head of planning, advised councillors that refusal of the plan would give a clear message to others about what the committee would consider acceptable on Shoreham Beach.

Reasons for the refusal included the cumulative harm to the character of Shoreham Beach.

The committee also said the modern property was out of keeping with the prevailing character of the area and that a chalet style would be more appropriate.

Mr Appleton also pointed out, however, that the Neighbourhood Plan for Shoreham Beach was at the start of a very long process and it must not challenge the Adur Local Plan.