Southwick self-storage warehouse plans have been approved at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
The new warehouse will be on the former lorry and car park in Albion Street, owned by West Sussex County Council, with developers Safestore Properties Ltd to acquire ownership through a conditional purchase agreement now planning permission has been granted.
The plans were refused by Adur District Council’s planning committee in February, 2023, with concerns the development would be ‘dominant’ over its surroundings and a ‘poor use’ of the site.
Safestore appealed the decision and planning inspector reversed the decision in December, stating the development would be separated from nearby residences by the railway line and would not harm the character of the surrounding industrial estate.
They said it would uphold standards of ‘high architectural quality’ and ‘high standards of design’ set out in the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan, which the development falls under, and achieve national planning standards for ‘well-designed’ places.