A new high quality office building and demolition of the former Council office feature in phase 1 of plans to redevelop the Adur Civic Centre site on Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

In a report approved by Executive Members at last night’s Joint Strategic Committee, Adur District Council has set out ambitions to deliver new office space, plus new homes in later phases to help meet the local area’s housing needs.

An early demolition of the Council’s former office building will also deliver significant savings, eliminating the costs of maintenance and security at the currently deteriorating building.

The site has recently been used as temporary office space for local businesses, and it was announced this week that the former staff car park will open for public use. This will remain in use until development on the new business space begins on site.

Speaking after Wednesday’s meeting, Leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin, commented:

“Adur currently has a lack of high quality business space, therefore it’s important that we take a proactive stance to improve this – in order to retain existing businesses and generate new investment. For the future of our District, this is a key opportunity to regenerate an existing vacant site to support our employment needs and offer new homes.”

Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Brian Boggis, added:

“The vacant Adur Civic Centre provides the Council with a fantastic opportunity to deliver new and much needed business premises, jobs and homes. It’s great for Adur that we can make use of this redundant brownfield site to enhance our district’s economy. Going forward, it will be vital to see people getting involved with consultations throughout the planning process, to help shape the scheme into a fitting development for our community.”