I am writing with my continued support for Roffey Homes and their planning application for the Aquarena.
This is a local company investing in the town and community.
The project will provide more long-term and short-term jobs for the town – I challenge anyone to disagree with this benefit.
The revised proposal adds to what was already on offer from Roffey Homes, with its original application, and continues to represent a great opportunity for Worthing to finally shake off some its stigma attributable to some of its less than dynamic and unattractive buildings, such as the seafront multi-storey car park or the Guildbourne Centre.
This is not over-development, this is a brownfield site, to my mind.
Over-development would be building on open spaces, such as Goring Gap.
The Aquarena is a derelict municipal swimming pool in the centre of Worthing and, along with other similar brownfield sites, we should be maximising the opportunities the sites present for the benefit of the town.
We have a shortage of housing supply and this project with 39 affordable homes can only help reduce that deficit.
Additionally, the provision of car-parking will benefit the town, reducing the current shortage of spaces at Splashpoint and within the general locality.
Given time, I am sure we’ll all look back on this, appreciate all of the benefits that have spun off from the project and wonder what all the fuss was about.
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