Adur District Council’s Planning Committee met on Monday evening. Following close and detailed scrutiny by the elected members of the Planning Committee, Southern Housing Group is delighted with the decision to give consent for Free Wharf.
Jeremy Barkway, Southern Housing Group’s Strategic Partnership Manager, who led the Free Wharf project team said, “The three years’ detailed work and close liaison with the Council, local people and other stakeholders is really just the beginning.
“We are obviously delighted with the Committee’s decision, but we know that, quite rightly, expectations are very high. We will continue to work closely with the local community to ensure that Free Wharf brings the benefits that we set out and agreed with the Council in our proposals.
“As well as new homes, the site will provide extra employment space, with an enterprise hub, restaurants and cafés. This will be set within three and a half acres of landscaped public realm, giving the people of Shoreham-by-Sea renewed access to the riverfront, new cycling paths and pontoons for maritime and nautical leisure activities. Southern Housing Group will also provide a further £1.75m for off-site local services such as schools, healthcare centres and highways infrastructure. At the suggestion of local groups and councillors, we will be targeting specific highway improvements as part of our package of benefits for the wider community.
“Working in partnership with the Council, neighbours and local organisations, we can ensure our proposals for the site provide significant benefits to the local community. By developing this land, we are making the most of a brownfield site. This will help relieve some of the pressure to build on Adur’s green spaces.”