PLANNERS have approved the final details for a 287 housing development in Goring.
Bellway Homes is proposing the construction of 287 houses on the former site of HM Revenue and Customs on Barrington Road.
They replace office buildings from the 1940s and 1960s.
The Government Department and around 900 staff moved into the refurbished Teville Gate House in Worthing last year.
Worthing Borough Council Planning Committee approved the latest plans.
The principle of development – zoning approval – was previously approved and the most recent application included further details such as scale, layout and appearance.
The proposal includes a mix of houses, four blocks of flats with up to five floors and a 68-bed nursing home – for which a separate planning application will be submitted.
A seven-story design was originally considered, but Julian Goodman, regional planning director at Bellway, said it was “on the high end of acceptability”.
An open space and a cycle path connection through the area are planned in the center of the development.
Along the existing cycle and footpath in an east-west direction, a joint cycle and footpath will be created and the footpath to the train station will be improved.
462 parking spaces will be created.
A total of 22 affordable apartments are planned – less than the 30 percent required by the council.
Mr Goodman explained that more affordable housing would make the development “unviable”.
There were several objections to the application, including from the city’s drainage engineer.
Some members of the public said the blocks would be “pretentious”, adding that existing problems with anti-social behavior near the station could be exacerbated.
Russ Cochran (Con, Northbrook) required quality lighting in the central green area.
“We don’t want it to become a haven for crime,” he said.
A local resident said some would avoid walking east-west at night out of “concerns for their safety”.
Local school children also asked Bellway to keep the path open during construction.
One said: “Many people rely on the trail to use it daily for school drop-offs and pickups.”
One schoolboy said many of his friends use the footpath as a “safe way home”.
Mr Goodman said the developer will keep the path open during construction for as long as possible while it is safe to do so.
More details can be found on the Council’s planning portal, reference: AWDM/0605/22.
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