Roffey submits Aquarena plans to council

Latest plans for the Aquarena, now submitted to Worthing Borough Council. Image courtesy of F10 Studios SUS-161024-104359001
Latest plans for the Aquarena, now submitted to Worthing Borough Council. Image courtesy of F10 Studios SUS-161024-104359001

Revised plans to develop Worthing’s Aquarena have been submitted to Worthing Borough Council.

Roffey Homes’ vision for the former swimming pool site, in Brighton Road, includes a 15-storey tower, café and seafront square.

Latest plans for the Aquarena, now submitted to Worthing Borough Council SUS-161024-104348001

Latest plans for the Aquarena, now submitted to Worthing Borough Council SUS-161024-104348001

It follows a fresh approach to the project by architects Allies and Morrison, after councillors rejected plans which included a 21-storey tower last year.

Roffey Homes managing director Ben Cheal said: “We’ve worked hard with our new architect to make sure we create a highly sustainable development that is both ‘of Worthing’ and a confident statement about the town’s prosperous future.

“We have held several rounds of public consultation and all the feedback we’ve received has gone into producing the plans we’ve submitted to the council.

“This will be a significant £45million investment in an area that has been in need of regeneration for too long, as well as providing much-needed new homes for Worthing.”

The number of homes has decreased from 147 to 141, and includes on-site affordable housing provision.

Commercial space in the development has more than doubled from 313 square metres to 779 square metres, with interest from a medical surgery, restaurants, office or high-quality retail outlet being welcomed.

There are also increases in parking provision, with 172 spaces for residents of the development and 51 for members of the public when visiting the adjacent Splashpoint leisure centre and the seafront.

Roffey has also pledged to pay a ‘substantial’ contribution for upgrades to sports facilities or school places.

The council will now begin validating the application. Residents will be able to add their support or objection once the process is complete.

Click here for coverage of the last public consultation in August.