Major plans to create much-needed employment space on a key strategic site in Worthing have taken a big step forward after nearly £5 million of funding was officially unlocked.
Discussions around regenerating the former landfill at Decoy Farm have been ongoing for decades, with the cost of bringing the complex site back into use creating a barrier to development.
That was until Worthing Borough Council successfully applied for £4.84 million from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund.
The funding will support the complex environmental works needed to bring the seven hectare site into use so that light industrial units for new and existing businesses can be created.
Councillors this week approved the funding to be released and gave the green light for a widespread search for an experienced developer to get underway.
The report noted the funding from LEP would support the unlocking of the site with the grant announcement leading to high interest from experienced developers across the region.
Senior Councillors agreed to push on with a search for a partner, underlining the ambition that the land be used for light industrial units to meet the high demand from local businesses.
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