Worthing’s Teville Gate is earmarked for up to 450 homes, ‘landmark buildings’, supermarket and retail units, documents submitted to Worthing Borough Council have revealed.
A letter from property agents Carter Jonas, acting on behalf of site owners Mosaic, outlined the latest plans for the dilapidated site in response to the council’s local plan consultation.
Dr Steven Norris, partner at Carter Jonas, wrote: “In short the site, which currently excludes Teville Gate House, is earmarked to provide a high-quality, mixed-use development, providing up to 450 mixed residential units, a retail supermarket and other ancillary retail uses, including the potential for cafés and restaurants.
“The proposals will provide landmark buildings in a sustainable urban environment and a high-quality pedestrian route for the public to pass through from the station down to the town centre to the south.”
The potential level of housing represents an increase in historic plans for Teville Gate, with previous owners Hanson Capital Management submitting plans for 229 apartments.
The council’s investment prospectus – a guide for developers released earlier this year – suggested 400 homes could be delivered, alongside other leisure uses.
Carter Jonas’s letter states a formal planning application is expected to be lodged in the ‘second half of 2016’, while the application could be debated by councillors early next year.
The council’s notes, alongside the consultation response, state the application is hoped to be submitted in the autumn.
Construction could start in 2017, if permission is granted.
Carter Jonas also notes the developer’s intention to enter into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) with the council, setting out the timeline for development.
He reassures the council the site is still ‘suitable, available and achievable’, making it suitable for inclusion in the council’s new local plan.
The local plan will set out the future of housing and employment space across the borough for the next 15 years.
There has been no major public announcement on Mosaic plans since a joint statement was released when the firm purchased the site in June, 2015.
At the time, director Jawad Sheikh, now listed at Companies House as having resigned his post, said he was hopeful a planning application would be lodged by the end of 2015.