NEWS of a buyer being found for Teville Gate has delighted business and political figures this afternoon.
Hope for action on the long undeveloped site has been renewed today, as Worthing Borough Council announced a new buyer had been found.
A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the year.
The news delighted town centre manager Sharon Clarke, who said: “I’m hopeful something will at last happen. It’s good news for Worthing that somebody wants to buy the site and they seem to be committed with plans for a planning application.
“Until we know who the developer is it’s hard to say for certain what impact it is going to have on the town, though.”
The council made finding a new developer one of its priorities, as detailed in its strategic ‘Surf’s Up’ plan in December.
Leader Daniel Humphreys said: “I’m delighted. I’m really happy. It shows that we are on the right track in Worthing and people see us as a place to invest in.”
Worthing Liberal Democrat leader Keith Sunderland said residents would be rightly sceptical of the latest development, given previous disappointment.
He said: “There have been a lot of false dawns but rumour has it this is very different.
“There has been a change of owner. That must be an improvement. They will still want to make money out of it and no doubt will put in a planning application to achieve that end.
“We must look carefully at it and see if there is room for some things that benefit Worthing as well as the developer.”
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