The demolition of Worthing’s gasometer is down to the last panel.
Lyndhurst Road’s iconic structure had stood on the site of the old gas works since 1934 and, although derelict for several years, had held the town’s gas supply for more than 60 years.
Work to deconstruct the giant cylinder began at the beginning of August and appears to be reaching its conclusion.
Possible uses for the soon to be vacant, 1.14 hectare, site have been discussed in a draft of the Worthing Local Plan, which will go in front of the planning committee on September 19.
The plan says the site comprises ‘a redundant gasholder, depot buildings and a temporary NHS car park for the nearby Worthing Hospital’ and ‘presents an opportunity for high quality residential within a highly
sustainable location within the town centre boundary’.
It is suggested the site has a potential capacity for 85 homes and could also include commercial buildings such as retail and offices.
The draft says discussions are underway between two groups which own the land, but any plans for development would face constraints such as ‘significant levels of contaminated land’ and possible archaeological remains.
The Worthing Local Plan outlines the strategy for the area’s development up to 2033 and has been undergoing consultation since 2016.
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