Councillors last night approved to push on with radical plans to open up Shoreham’s riverfront to cyclists and pedestrians while reducing the risk of flooding.
Adur District Council and Sussex Yacht Club (SYC) have struck a deal which will see the local authority buy some of the club’s land with the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse.
Adur Council will then demolish the existing building, which is at the northern end of the Adur Ferry Bridge, and build new flood defences along with a riverside cycle and pedestrian route.
It is part of a wide-reaching plan which will see the industrial units along the River Adur’s Western Harbour Arm transformed into new homes and workspaces with an expansive waterfront promenade.
After senior councillors on Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee approved a report outlining the progress of the scheme last night, Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to work with the community and partners to move this forward.
“The end result will be a major step forward in a renaissance of Shoreham, which will transform the area and the lifestyle of the people that live and work in the town.”
The next step is for contracts to be exchanged with a planning application still to be approved.
The flood prevention work, along with footpath and cycleway, could be complete by 2021, subject to planning permission being granted.