A key moment in Adur's future
Plan mapping out vision for district under scrutiny
D-day for Adur Local Plan
Thousands of new homes, boosting jobs and cutting congestion across Adur’s busy road network.
That is Adur District Council’s vision for the coming years, as it maps out the area’s future amid a significant shortfall of space.
The authority has penned its local plan – a legal document setting out its strategy up until 2031.
But it faces a fight, as developers and campaigners ready themselves to pick apart the plan and urge a government inspector to alter it.
Two weeks of public hearings will begin next Tuesday (January 31), with the inspector set to determine if the plan can be approved.
Government figures suggest Adur needs to deliver 5,820 homes over the plan period to meet demand – 291 homes a year. With land in short supply, the council plans to deliver a minimum of 3,609 homes, which would see it fall more than 100 short of the demand annually.
Planning permission would still be required for any site included in the plan.
"It seeks to achieve a balance between meeting the need to build new homes, community facilities and create new job opportunities, while striving to protect and enhance the character and features of the district which so many people value ."
Their take on the local plan: Campaigners, councillors and commentators have their say
“There is pressure from central government to meet impossible housing targets in this highly constrained coastal area.
“We believe that there is still significant uncertainty over the ability to develop the strategic sites at West Sompting, New Monks Farm and Shoreham Airport without encountering substantive flooding problems and quite possibly, exacerbating flooding problems elsewhere.”
"We all know and support the need for housing and a sound local plan.
"However, in respect of the New Monks Farm development proposal we know this in reality is unsustainable for drainage."
"The district has limited available land and a number of significant environmental constraints. Therefore, we have sought to maximise brownfield land wherever possible, but in view of the level of housing need we have allocated two strategic greenfield sites for development."
Also chairman of Shoreham Beach Residents' Association, she said: "It is vital that the Inspector accepts Adur District Council's proposed lower housing figures.
"There is no resilience within the town’s infrastructure and roads are increasingly gridlocked. Schools, the NHS and public services are stretched to breaking point."
The Labour Lancing parish councillor said: "We will not accept bland assurances about the traffic mitigation. Radical thinking is needed to develop integrated and sustainable transport solutions - covering rail, bus and car journeys - before any more large-scale construction is permitted.
"How about a new rail station on the site of the old Shoreham Airport rail halt?"
"The local plan should ensure preservation of an identity for Shoreham as a special and distinctive place.
"The danger is becoming merged in a continuous conurbation along the coast between Brighton and Worthing with no green gaps, and with high-rise, high density development in the town."
"There is a very large unmet housing need across Sussex, including Adur, which totals 38,500 dwellings for a twenty year plan period (2011-2031). The unmet housing need in Adur is about 2,211 dwellings according to the Council’s assessment of need.
"Next door in Worthing the unmet need is 12,720. On the other side in Brighton & Hove it is 16,920. There is no strategy in place to address this problem. The scarcity of supply compared to need will tend to fuel house price and rent increases with the poorest in these districts bearing the costs, as they lose out to relatively more affluent incomers.
"Because there is no prospect of a wider sub-regional strategy being developed any-time soon to accommodate the unmet need the HBF is urging Adur to review its local green gap policies in an effort to accommodate some more of its unmet housing need."
The Shoreham Centre
Follow the examination
The examination of the Adur Local Plan hearings will take place over two weeks from Tuesday, January 31.
The hearings will take place at the Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham.
Find out more about the local plan by visiting https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/alp-examination