Fear expressed over rumoured 600 home development in Lancing

LANCING’S MP said he has “serious reservations” following the suggestion land for a golf course could also include a large-scale housing development.

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said an idea to change a planned golf course, next to Shoreham Airport, to incorporate homes and commercial units was a “completely different kettle of fish” and urged those behind the idea to consult with residents.

Although no plans have been submitted yet, the Herald understands the 18-hole pay-and-then-play golf course at New Monks Farm could be reduced in size so that 600 homes and three industrial units could be built.

It could also mean the Sussex Pad traffic lights on the A27, near the airport, could be converted into a large roundabout.

This week, Enplan, the planning consultants representing the owners of New Monks Farm, confirmed discussions were on-going with Adur Council.

The company said the idea was to build homes and business units and provide major improvements to the A27 but no plan had been submitted.

It said the golf course was currently under construction but the owners had been “promoting development on their land for a number of years” through Adur District Council’s Core Strategy process.

Ann Bridges, chairman of Lancing Parish Council said she would “fight it with my dying breath”.

She said the proposal had been discussed behind closed doors, adding: “What they are proposing is 600 houses and linking it with regeneration because they are going to give us two to three industrial units.”

For the full story read the November 3 edition of the Lancing Herald