PLANS to convert a former landfill branded an “eyesore” into a high-tech business park are gaining momentum.
Years of work to get the ‘wasteland’ ready for construction at Decoy Farm, Worthing, is now complete.
And Worthing Borough Council is now aiming to convert the land into 18 business units with car parks to create more job opportunities in the area.
The council secured nearly £5million in government money to clear the seven-acre site before it could be developed.
Hundreds of snakes, lizards, mice and voles had to be relocated to other wildlife sanctuaries in the county to prepare the way for the proposals.
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The councilor said the site, adjacent to Worthing’s household waste recycling centre, was the last remaining large-scale brownfield site with the potential for available jobs in the borough.
The first phase of development of the site, which is close to East Worthing railway station and borders Sompting, would envisage the construction of a new entrance on the Dominion Way and an internal access road around it to link the Dominion Way to the Deacon Way.
But now Worthing Borough Council wants to hear residents’ views on the plan before going ahead with the plans.
Councilor Martin McCabe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Decoy Farm has been an eyesore for many years. After intense work to bring the site back to life, we now have an opportunity to create more employment opportunities for our community and get this area back to life.
“However, in the spirit of this advice and our ‘Big Lists’ philosophy, we want to be sure we hear what the community thinks first, and I encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation we are holding on the proposals.” . ”
A new website has been created with full details of the plans and a feedback form for people to give their opinions. Paper copies of the form are available from Worthing Town Hall.
The website with feedback form can be found at decoyfarmworthing.co.uk/
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22640752.worthing-borough-council-launches-consultation-decoy-farm-plans/?ref=rss Worthing Borough Council is launching a consultation on Decoy Farm plans