Plans for a new employment park in Angmering have been given the green light by Arun District Council.
The plans will see land between Brook Lane and the A259 used for 18 commercial spaces ranging from 151sqm in size to around 3,000sqm, across six buildings to be used for either research and development, storage and distribution – with existing buildings to be demolished.
The council’s planning committee greenlit the plans at a meeting on Wednesday, December 13, officially delegating authority to council officers for approval once Arun’s drainage engineers confirm no objection to them.
West Sussex County Council as the lead flood authority, Arun’s drainage engineers and Network Rail all initially objected to the plans on flood risk grounds – with all except the drainage engineers withdrawing objections following further details submitted by the developers.
Objections from residents were mostly concerned with overdevelopment on the site, and the safety of the development’s proximity to a dual carriageway and a railway line.
Shaun Gunner (Con, Rustington East) speaking as a non-planning committee member, said part of Brook/Penfold Lane in that area is known locally as ‘suicide lane’ thanks to how dangerous it is at certain crossing points.
He said the 191 home development across the road on the Rustington Golf Centre, which was approved on appeal by the planning inspectorate, needed to be minded when considering increased pedestrian traffic in the area.
Jill Long (LDem, Brookfield) asked if the speed limit should be reduced along the A259, or the junction into the development looked at to improve access to the site.
Officers said these issues were ‘separate processes’ they could choose to pursue another time.