As many of your readers will, hopefully, be aware, we have been consulting people since June, listening to views on our proposals to revitalise the derelict eyesore that is the old Aquarena site.
The Aquarena site is a key part of Worthing Borough Council’s core strategy as part of its efforts to regenerate the town, and our aim is to create a quality, high-profile landmark that is a sign of Worthing’s confidence and growth. Our investment of almost £40million would provide many knock-on benefits to the town’s economy, creating many new jobs and helping to put money back into the town’s shops, cafés, restaurants and other businesses. Worthing has an identified need for 500 new homes a year in the town, and our proposal on a brownfield site would supply more than a quarter of these.
It would also provide much-needed affordable homes – out of the 139 homes proposed, 30 would be designated as affordable rented accommodation, managed by a social housing provider.
A further four homes would be available to buy at low cost, for 80 per cent of the market price, and approximately 45 homes will be below the values of houses in New Parade.
This is well above the usual level within such developments, and part of our commitment to help younger Worthing families stay in the area and get a foot on the property ladder. Typically, around half of the homes in our other developments are bought by people from the local area.
In addition to 144 parking spaces for residents, we are also proposing a dedicated 77-space public car park for Splashpoint users, which would help remove parking pressure on roads in the surrounding area.
Our traffic studies also show that once the homes were built, there would be less than one extra vehicle movement per minute on Brighton Road.
We would like to thank everybody who took part in our consultation. All the feedback we received will help us finalise our design before we submit our planning application in mid-November.
As a local company, we want to listen to people and create an attractive, iconic landmark that everyone in Worthing can feel proud of.
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