Revised Southwick housing plan agreed

The bungalows in Underdown Road which will be redeveloped alongside SD Holdings at the rear
The bungalows in Underdown Road which will be redeveloped alongside SD Holdings at the rear

REVISED plans for new houses in Southwick have been cautiously welcomed by nearby residents.

People living in Underdown Road were shocked to learn a scheme to replace two bungalows with eight houses was granted on appeal in October.

Now, the joint applicants have added in a commerical garage, with the aim of demolishing all existing buildings and replacing them with 13 homes.

Adur planners approved the scheme last Monday and Richard Seymour, on behalf of SD Holdings and Pilbeam Group, said the intention was to start work immediately.

He explained the bungalows at 82 and 88 Underdown Road had been bought as a joint venture and now SD Holdings, in Southview Road, was considered suitable for residential development.

“By combining these two sites, the objections have been addressed,” he added.

He said the advantages of the new plan included the removal of rear vehicular access from Underdown Road, an improved layout and replacing a commercial activity in a residential area with homes.

The four houses fronting Underdown Road will be put on the open market, he added, and the nine homes off Southview Road will be private market rental.

Peter Barnett, principal planning officer, said the previous scheme had a central parking area with access, but the new plan removed both.

“It greatly improves the harmful impact from the previous scheme,” he added. “In terms of the impact on neighbours, it will be no worse and I would consider it to be an improvement.”

Mr Barnett added the proposed terrace for Underdown Road replicated the design of houses in the rest of the street.

Cllr Ben Stride said: “I think this is a vast improvement over the previous scheme.”

Supported the plan, Cllr Peter Metcalfe said: “This is a much better proposal than the last one.”

But he added: “It does concern me that what is known as garden grabbing has come back again.

“There is a flooding issue. Replacing gardens with parking means water has nowhere to go.”

Aline Sellers, of Underdown Road, had written with concerns for the wildlife and asked for active nests to be protected during the breeding season.