Too many tower blocks planned for Shoreham’s Minelco site

I visited Southern Housing’s exhibition of initial proposals for development of the free Wharf/ Minelco site in Shoreham, part of the Shoreham Harbour larger development.

As an architect living in Shoreham, I was disappointed to see drawings which showed a great deal of high multistorey buildings plus a tower block that appeared to be 12 or 13 storeys high. I don’t believe Shoreham is the place for such tower blocks – Marbella, maybe? – because Shoreham is a special place and most of us would like to keep it that way.

Herald readers may be aware that an appeal against rejection by Worthing Council of permission for an 11-storey tower block in Worthing has just been upheld by the government planning inspector.

I was further disappointed, when asking the exhibition staff what building heights were proposed, to be told that they couldn’t say. This looks like an evasion which meant that visitors to the exhibition couldn’t make comment on this aspect of the development on their questionnaires. Is this a strategy to avoid negative feedback in their report statistics?

The whole thing looked to me like a PR exercise by developers who want to put far too much on yet another site, further overload the already overloaded local infrastructure, squeeze maximise profit from the venture – and squeeze the life out of our beloved Shoreham by Sea.

Gerry Thompson RIBA

Connaught Avenue

Shoreham

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