Controversial housing plan in Lancing

ADUR’S councillors are being asked to approve controversial plans to knock down two buildings and build 13 new homes opposite Lancing Leisure Centre – despite a similar plan refused a year ago.

The application is to pull down number 4 and number 6 Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, to make way for nine flats in two three-storey blocks at the front of the site and four semi-detached two-storey houses at the rear.

The site was the subject of much controversy in December, 2010, after an application to build nine flats and five homes was refused.

At the time, members voted unanimously to refuse the application, with councillor Fred Lewis stating it was a “gross overdevelopment” and “completely out of character” with the neighbourhood.

Last time, planning officers recommended the application was turned down on the basis it would cause increased traffic onto the A27 Lancing Manor roundabout, would not provide satisfactory living conditions and was “undesirable intensification” of housing.

The current plan up for approval includes a proposal for the homes to be served by a new access road off the cul-de-sac and 23 car parking spaces.

Councillors will discuss the plan at a public planning meeting on Monday, at 7pm, in Adur Civic Centre, Ham Road, Shoreham.