Worthing Rugby Club in talks with developer about move

WORTHING Rugby Club this week confirmed it was in talks with housing developers about potentially moving from its current site in Angmering.

The club is in discussion with Persimmon Homes about relocating from its ground, in Roundstone Lane, to a field near Goring railway station.

However, officials from the organisation have been keen to stress that nothing is set in stone and a move – if any – is unlikely to happen in the near future.

The announcement followed a flurry of comments posted on Angmering Village Life’s forum, in which some users highlighted the fact that members of the sports club and representatives from Persimmon Homes had met earlier this month.

People on the site raised concern about what might replace the facility with several fearing proposals for another large-scale housing development in the village may be on the cards.

Others claimed any possible conversion of the grounds, into residential housing, would be contrary to the green infrastructure corridor, set out in Arun District Council’s local plan proposals – which has ring-fenced the land for other uses.

While some reported that the rugby club had agreed a gratuity of £250,000 over a 10-year period with developers. However, Kelly O’Haire, commercial manager, claimed this figure was far higher than the actual one discussed.

Campaigner Sue Ware, of Save Angmering Village, said that the group would “relentlessly oppose” any potential application from Persimmon to build on the land.

Arun District Council said it had not received a formal planning applicaiton for the land.