Planning permission refused for Goring Road flats

UNDERSIZED living accommodation is one of the reasons why permission has been refused for a block of flats in Goring Road, Worthing.

Borough planning councillors last Wednesday, February 29, rejected an application to demolish 41 Goring Road, and replace the detached house with 12 two-bedroom flats and six parking places.

The planning committee was told that 41 Goring Road, which is adjacent to The George public house’s western boundary, was an inter-war property built in the “arts and crafts” style on a large plot.

Ten objections to the application were received – nine from residents in Rose Walk, and the other from the Ilex Conservation group. Loss of privacy from overlooking were among their arguments opposing the scheme.

The committee’s grounds for refusing the application included that it entailed the loss of a large family house and garden, and did not provide the required replacement family housing.

Also, “the proposal fails to provide an acceptable standard of living accommodation by reason of the small size of six of the flats, and inadequate amenity space provided for 10 of the flats”, thus failing to meet current planning policies.

The proposal was also described as an over-development which would appear “excessively over-dominant”, and it failed to provide sufficient parking.