The blueprint for a 15-year regeneration of Shoreham Harbour has been revealed, featuring plans to build around 1,400 new homes.
Adur District Council has called the plan ‘one of the biggest regeneration projects in the South East’, and said it could create hundreds of new local jobs.
The Shoreham Harbour Joint Action Plan contains proposals for affordable housing, restaurants, shops and office spaces.
Adur District Council leader Neil Parkin said:
“This has taken five years of hard work but I think it has been worth it.
“It sets out a blueprint for the Harbour which will transform it into a destination of choice providing quality homes, jobs and a fantastic waterside environment for everyone.
“The joint efforts alongside the other councils toward making this ambitious project sustainable will have a big impact on improving the entire area for the wider community”.
Among the proposals featured in the 120-page blueprint are plans to put in place a ‘green corridor’ along the A259 to improve air quality and reduce traffic noise.
There are also plans for a new multi-million pound flood defence system and a waterside walking and cycling route from Shoreham to Kingston Beach.
A scheme for up to 540 new homes and office spaces at Free Wharf, opposite the Adur Civic Centre site, has already been unveiled by developers Southern Homes Limited.
Operations at Shoreham Port would be concentrated in the east end of the harbour to free up land for the development, according to the council.
A new district heat network is also included in the plans,with the aim of providing affordable and low-carbon energy to local homes.
Bob Lanzer, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure on West Sussex County Council, said:
“This is an exciting plan which will bring about long-term regeneration and support economic growth on the West Sussex coast for existing and new residents, ports users, and visitors alike.”
Adur District Council, Brighton & Hove City Council, West Sussex County Council and the Shoreham Port Authority have been involved in developing the scheme.
The plans will be available for public viewing from Friday (November, 10) until December, 22, with an invitation for comments on its legal compliance.
They can be seen at the Shoreham Centre in Pond Road and at libraries across the local area.