IT’S more than 140 years since Worthing’s original Half Brick seafront pub was swept away during a violent storm.
The inn was rebuilt five years later, but memories of that 1869 tempest have been rekindled with plans for the now-empty Half Brick to be converted into flats.
Worthing planners will on Wednesday, January 5, be recommended to give conditional approval for the conversion, seen in an artist’s impression below, and part-demolition of the Half Brick, in Brighton Road, to provide a total of eight homes.
Because coastal erosion contributed to the former pub’s demise, the Environment Agency is asking for the new finished floor level to be set “as high as possible” to protect against any tidal water penetration.
It advises that floor levels should be set at 300mm above the existing level, on the basis that there could be wave-overtopping of the sea defences, which will increase with climate change.
The agency is also recommending that flood resistance measures should be incorporated by the developers in the new building, if possible.