Disappointment approved as Barrington Road development in Goering

A COUNCIL has spoken of its “disappointment” at the lack of affordable housing in a major development approved by the council.

Worthing Borough Council revealed there were 1,666 households on Worthing’s housing register in need of new housing as of August this year.

Councilor Jim Deen, Chair of Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee, spoke as the committee unanimously gave the go-ahead for the construction of 287 houses on the site of the old HMRC building in Barrington Road, Goring.

The site, near Durrington Train Station, will also include a 68-bed nursing home.

The council said the site had already received rough planning permission before the council’s current administration came into power.

The committee has now agreed the details of the program pending further reports of noise and trees present.

The original plan had plans for 20 affordable homes out of a total of 287 on the six-acre site, but following complaints the developer, Bellway Homes, agreed to increase that number by two.

An artistic representation of the development

Cllr Deen said the council was “determined” to secure a higher proportion of affordable housing in future developments.

“I’m disappointed with the number, but I’m glad we were able to increase the number, albeit slightly,” he said.

“The planning committee’s hands were tied because the first general approval had been granted some time ago.

“However, our expectation going forward is that developers will respond to the very clear message we are sending that the new government is committed to securing a higher proportion of affordable housing in future developments to meet the very clear need that we have in town for this type of accommodation.”

blankOn the site is the former HMRC building

Bellway said more affordable units, defined by the government as for people whose price is locked from the market, would make the development unviable.

In total there will be 148 one- and two-bedroom apartments in four five-story blocks, 47 two-bedroom, 71 three-bedroom and 21 four-bedroom houses.

More than 250 parking spaces have been allocated and a green area with playground equipment has been provided.

As part of the program, Bellway has committed to prioritizing improvement of the pedestrian and cycle path between the two ends of Barrington Road to minimize user inconvenience. The path is a path to nearby West Park School and Little Fishes Nursery and is planned to be resurfaced, widened and lighted as part of the approved development whilst retaining the existing adjacent hedge.

All developers must contribute to a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that can help improve infrastructure around a site.

Around £350,000 was contributed from this development. Beneficiary projects include £50,000 for improvements to nearby West Park.

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