With just a week to go before a decision is expected on the controversial New Monks Farm development at Lancing, MP Tim Laughton has reiterated his opposition online.

Plans for the site, from Brighton and Hove Albion, include six hundred homes, an IKEA store, a school and a country park.

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham called into question the viability of the whole project, in a series of criticisms published on his website.

He said:

“This is probably the most extensive development proposed for Adur in decades.

“It is also one of the most controversial having attracted objections from a wide range of residents, elected representatives and local organisations…”

He raised concerns regarding the:

“Financial viability of the whole project which, if not addressed, could result in bad outcomes for all involved, particularly local residents.”

Other objections he voiced included the increased amount of traffic on the A27 if plans were to go ahead on what he calls:

“An already heavily congested road seven days a week.”

Brighton and Hove Albion said:

“Provision of 31,099 square metres of floor space by a hugely successful international company would clearly have significant economic and employment benefits…

“…and it will deliver jobs and much needed homes.”

A decision on the plans is expected to be delivered by Adur District Council in a public meeting at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy next Wednesday, October 3.