Lease to be granted for site of proposed cafe on Shoreham Beach Green

The toilet block on Shoreham Beach
The toilet block on Shoreham Beach

Adur District Council is in the process of granting a long lease for the provision of a cafe on Shoreham’s Beach Green.

The council entered into a preferred developer status with Boxpark in April 2017 for the redevelopment of the dilapidated toilet block on the green.

Boxpark's initial plans for the Shoreham Beach Green site put forward in April 2017

Boxpark's initial plans for the Shoreham Beach Green site put forward in April 2017

A new community cafe, which could also include a roof terrace, changing rooms, and a centre for watersports, was proposed.

The council has posted a public notice announcing its intention to dispose of the 802 square metres of land at Beach Green by way of granting a long lease.

A plan showing the land concerned is available for inspection at the Shoreham Centre.

Any objections or representations with respect to the proposed disposal must be made by 5pm on Thursday, September 27.

Councillor Joss Loader said it was important that the public notice was seen by as many residents as possible.

She said: “The site has been dogged by controversy so it’s important to get it right and ensure that the public are fully updated and given the chance to comment.”

Ms Loader said she hoped Boxpark would consult fully with residents about what they plan for the site.

“The site is run down and many view it as an eyesore,” she said.

“However it’s in a residential area and the green is flanked by homes so people have very understandable concerns including evening trading hours and parking.”

An Adur District Council spokesman said: “After a thorough and rigorous marketing exercise which was supported by and directly involved local councillors, we entered into a preferred partner agreement with Boxpark last year.

“Legal discussions over the lease are progressing and we hope to have a further update soon.”

Boxpark is a Brighton-based company which created the world’s first pop up mall for retailers and food and beverage operators in east London.

The company was founded by Roger Wade, a Hove resident who founded British street fashion brand Boxfresh.

The developer team for the Shoreham Beach site will also include Dan Stockland and Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim) who created the Big Beach Cafe in Hove Lagoon.

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