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Have your say on plans for Union Place

Detailed plans to transform a prime town centre site in the heart of Worthing will go on display at a public consultation this month.

Looking to accelerate the regeneration of a prime town centre site, Worthing Borough Council acquired Union Place last year before entering into a landpool agreement with government-owned regeneration specialist, LCR.

Under the landpool agreement, signed last year, both parties are working together to bring forward a viable scheme for the 2.6 hectare site, large parts of which have sat empty for more than a decade.

After extensive work behind the scenes, initial proposals for nearly 200 homes, commercial space, a hotel, cinema extension to the Connaught Theatre and public realm enhancements have been created for a public exhibition.

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to view and comment on the plans at two sessions:

  • 7th November from 1pm to 5pm in Worthing Town Hall Reception
  • 11th November from 4pm to 8pm Worthing Town Hall, Gordon Room

The deadline date for submission of comments on the proposals will be Friday 15th November. To view the proposals and download the survey, please visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/unionplace

The aim of the consultation will be listen to views and comments to help shape and support the creation of an outline planning application to be submitted by the end of the year.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “After years of stalled schemes, finally we are seeing progress on the plans to regenerate this prime site which has the potential to support the town centre for many years to come.

“This exhibition marks a big step along the way, with the creation of initial plans showing our intention of creating homes, workspace and recreational use to support the continued prosperity of the town centre.

“I hope as many people as possible can come along to view and comment on the plans as it will play an important role in guiding the design and overall scheme moving forward.”

Adrian Lee, development director at LCR, added: “We’re really excited about engaging with the community on our combined plans for Union Place. This long-neglected part of the town has the potential to create real value for Worthing, with new housing, amenities and jobs.

“Over the past year, we’ve established a great partnership with Worthing Borough Council. Its progressive approach and clear vision for the site’s transformation has been pivotal to bringing forward our plans.”

For more details visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/unionplace

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