Potential employment site in Worthing given priority status

W29134H13 Decoy Farm could provide a boost to employment in Worthing
W29134H13 Decoy Farm could provide a boost to employment in Worthing

A DERELICT site with the potential to be developed for use as employment floor space has been highlighted as a priority project by Worthing Borough Council.

The future of Decoy Farm, the 7.7 hectare former landfill site, in Dominion Way, East Worthing, was discussed at the latest Adur and Worthing joint strategic committee meeting at Worthing Town Hall.

Councillors unanimously agreed with planning officer James Appleton’s recommendations to bring forward the site as a priority for the council, to fund survey work costing up to £150,000 from the capacity issues reserves, to support the establishment of a corporate project board, to agree to the submission of an outline planning application for the site and to agree to market the site on the basis planning permission is granted.

Bryan Turner, Worthing Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We really have to develop the land we have got. It’s quite a substantial piece of land.”

A survey recently carried out on the land revealed there was no ‘significant’ contamination , particularly within the top three metres of the land.

Paul Yallop, leader of Worthing Borough Council, said that he was ‘content’ to see the findings of the contamination survey had not come back with ‘anything too detrimental’.