Developers behind the multi-million pound Teville Gate regeneration plans have confirmed work on the site will begin in the autumn of 2012.
Secretary of state Eric Pickles has formally announced this week there would be no public inquiry into the long-awaited retail, leisure and housing scheme which is set to bring 1,000 jobs to the town.
As previously revealed in the Herald, the £150m project from Hanson Capital Management which includes 229 flats, a 9-screen cinema and major conference facilities, had gained unanimous approval from Worthing Borough Council.
But confusion had surrounded its final rubber stamp from central government, which has now been approved and a development time-table revealed.
According to the final secretary of state’s approval letter, Mr Pickles “had carefully considered the impact of the development, which did not conflict with national policies or have significant effects beyond their immediate locality.”
John Desmond, Managing Director, Hanson Capital Management confirmed the development’s schedule. He said: “We are delighted that the application will not be called-in. This decision will enable us to continue on the detailed design work and site preparation, as well as secure additional commercial interest so that we can start construction work in the latter part of next year.”
Tina Tilley, of Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce welcomed the scheme.
She said: “This has been a long-awaited development which will be a big boost to businesses in the area as well as providing jobs. It shows that we are still developing as a town at a time when many developments are being rejected. The conference centre on the site will also bring more business people to Worthing from outside the area which will prove important to business.”