The public papers for one of the largest planning applications in Adur District Council’s history have now gone live.
Councillors on the planning committee will meet next week (Wednesday 18th July 2018) at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing. The meeting, solely to decide plans to create 600 homes and a new IKEA on New Monks Farm, starts at 7pm.
In addition to 600 homes and IKEA superstore, the application from New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub. It would also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site.
Ahead of the meeting, council officers have produced a 240-page report assessing the application. Councillors will use this as a guide to help them make an objective decision on the proposal. There will be up to 500 seats at the venue on the night. Due to the high interest, the number of speakers addressing the committee has been limited to six for and six against. This will be decided by ballot in advance of the meeting.
A spokesman for Adur District Council said:
“As with all applications, large and small, this will be decided solely on its merits using planning criteria set for such matters by statute.”
“This application has been with us for a year now as we worked through procedure, the revisions to the plan, its overall complexity and the appropriate wide-ranging scope for consultation. This hardly suggests haste. All statutory consultees had the required 30 days to respond to the latest amended plans.”
“In addition as far as the meeting itself is concerned it was thought fairer that speakers for and against the scheme from the public and non-committee members should be chosen by ballot.”
Anyone wishing to speak needs to register by 12 noon on Thursday 12th July 2018 via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 221006.
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