News Date: Thursday 14th February 2008

Adur agrees to extend consultation on Southlands Conservation Site

Adur Planning Department have agreed to a planning request from East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton MP and Southlands Ward Conservative Councillors to extend the consultation period on the possible changes to the conservation area which takes in the oldest former hospital buildings.

The area is currently subject to a review of whether the consultation boundaries should be extended and this will obviously impact on the nature of the planning applications expected from the owners English Partnerships which look set to include a large residential element.

Tim was contacted by constituents concerned that the consultation exercise had been very low profile so fare and that to date barely a dozen responses had been received from the public. Tim paid a short visit to the site with ward County Councillor Paul Graysmarks and Chairman of the Southlands League of Friends Malcolm Brett last Saturday.

Tim commented:

"This is a very important site in Shoreham and has many important historical connections. It is right that local residents are as involved as possible in this development. We have waited years for, first the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and now English Partnership that own the site to come forward with their plans, so it is right that the consultation should be extended by a few weeks until the end of February to give people a chance to have their input."

Southlands Ward Councillor Laura Graysmark commented:

"This is an enormous site and it is likely that any development proposals will include a large element of residential dwellings that will impact substantially on the local environment. It is essential that local people are able to express their views and given the small response so far, clearly more needs to be done to alert people to what is going on. I am therefore very pleased that Adur Council have responded so positively to our request and I would urge everybody to make their views known to Adur Planning Department and get hold of the consultation document before the end of this month."

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