Backing for Worthing’s ‘prosperous’ future plan

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WORTHING Council’s plan for a “thriving and prosperous” town has been backed by the government’s planning inspector.

The council’s core strategy for planning and development in the borough for the next 15 years is the first along the Sussex coast to receive a positive verdict.

An independent examination of the plan was carried out by Christina Downes, from the planning inspectorate.

In her examination report to the council, she said: “There is a clear vision at the heart of the core strategy of a thriving, prosperous and healthy town that plays a central role in the wider sub region.”

Regeneration is the focus of the strategy with the development at West Durrington allocated up to 700 homes and 12 other areas of change identified as major regeneration opportunities, such as the Stagecoach site in Marine Parade and The Warren and Hill Barn Lane areas.

The core strategy outlines how development needs will be met with a series of policies on key issues such as, housing, employment, retail and environmental protection.

Bryan Turner, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are really pleased all the hard work has paid off and the inspector has approved our plan and has confirmed it is deliverable.”

The full council will consider the strategy for adoption on April 12. The inspector’s report and core strategy are available to view at www.worthing.gov.uk/goto/ldf (see external link to the top right of this story) or at the council offices or any of the libraries in Worthing.