Council to Confirm Developer for Union Place in Worthing

The Union Place site in Worthing: Courtesy of Ardur and Worthing Council

A house-builder behind the redevelopment of the former Aquarena site is set to work with Worthing Borough Council.

A house-builder behind the redevelopment of the former Aquarena site is set to work with Worthing Borough Council.

It's in an attempt to revitalise Union Place and create much needed new home at the same time.

Roffey Homes is developer, and councillors have said they should be selected to work in partnership with the Council to redevelop the key site located in the town centre - as the site of the former police station has been derelict for years.

In 2017 and 2018 the Council bought the site and the adjacent NCP car park for almost £9.7 million.

This purchase was hoped to push forward the redevelopment of the area.

Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Nicky Waight, said:“The redevelopment of Union Place will transform the look and feel of the town centre, removing an eyesore while creating homes for Worthing residents.

“The selection of a preferred development is a significant step towards making this important site work for Worthing again.”

The plans are set to be considered this week - on Tuesday 8th February.

Roffey Homes and the Council are set to work together under the current proposals to develop that site.

That would mean the NCP car park and the High Street short-stay car park will be cleared to make way for 63 one-bedroom and 123 two-bedroom homes, with at least 37 of classed as 'affordable'.

These 'affordable' homes would be offered to people on Worthing's housing register.

A new ground floor car park with more than 250 spaces would be created, alongside commercial units and potentially a new cinema next to the Connaught Theatre.

The Council would retain the freehold for the site and would split the costs and profits with Roffey Homes.

A planning application for the scheme could be submitted this Autumn, which, if approved, means that work on the site could begin as early as Spring 2023.

 

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