Long-awaited plans soon to be decided

An indicative artist's impression of how the new development could look
An indicative artist's impression of how the new development could look

PLANS for Ropetackle North, an under-used and part vacant industrial area, are soon to be decided.

The scheme put forward by Affinity Commercial LLP has received positive feedback following a public consultation in July.

If outline plans for a mixed development of homes, offices, shops and a hotel are approved, the Old Shoreham Road site could be on the market to developers in October.

Paul Fitch, managing partner of Affinity Commercial LLP, said the consulation had been well attended, with lots of discussion about what there might be and how it might look.

“We were there from 12pm to 8pm and I honestly don’t think we sat down on our own for any of that period for more than 10 minutes,” he added.

“Everyone we met was polite, pleasant and constructive. The tone of most people was very positive.”

The design of the scheme has been led by Adur District Council, which has long had the site earmarked for redevelopment.

The scheme features up to 120 properties and a hotel, along with light industrial use, shops and a café.

Mr Fitch said: “Quite a lot of people were asking about the social housing element, in a positive way. People want that housing to be available.”

He made it clear his firm was acting for the bank and the administrators.

“We will be selling the site with planning permission and it is likely to go to the market for developers in October,” he explained.

A key benefit will be a new flood defence wall, reducing flood risk for the wider area as well as the site itself.

There will also be a new public route from Old Shoreham Road to the river and improvements to the riverside path, with benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and wildlife.

The scheme will provide much-needed jobs and homes, with up to a third of the properties are likely to be affordable.

Half of the properties built would be houses and half flats, with a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom properities included.

Mr Fitch said the planning application was the result of two years of discussion with the local authority and the design of the scheme had very much been led as a partnership with Adur District Council.