ECE Planning Director Chris Barker acted in securing Planning Permission and Conservation Area Consent for the £20 million regeneration of this prominent Seafront site in Worthing. The scheme for Roffey Homes involved the demolition of a large hotel located on the centre of Worthing Seafront and adjacent to Listed Buildings.
The development, which forms the centrepiece of the rejuvenated Worthing Seafront, incorporates 55 private apartments and a 79 bedroom national hotel chain with basement car parking.
Typical of many brownfield regeneration projects, the financial viability of the project was restricted due to the inherent costs of redeveloping the site to include for a hotel. Therefore fundamental in securing regeneration potential of the site was the reduction in affordable housing provision.
Presenting a robust viability assessment submitted to the District Valuer, Chris Barker was able to justify a zero provision of affordable housing.
Worthing Borough Council
Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs
“Once again an excellent service from the team at ECE. They were able to interpret our design brief and work around the site constraints and were also able to increase the scale of the scheme from 16 to 24 units, increasing the value of the project and taking leadership of the planning process.”
Matt Heath, Director Dawson Heath Property Ltd
“Once again an excellent service from the Planning team at ECE. Good value, great attitude to work, proactive and easy to get along with.”
Ben Cheal, Managing Director Roffey Homes Ltd
“ECE Planning have provided a friendly, yet highly professional service, displaying both their detailed planning knowledge and strategy on many occasions. Chris, Sam and Karen have been consistently excellent on managing the planning aspects of all projects we have worked with them on, and would hope to continue that relationship beyond the current live and recently completed projects.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development Shoreham Port
“Sam and the team at ECE Planning have successfully steered three complicated commercial schemes through the planning system on behalf of the Shoreham Port Authority. We have been impressed by the professionalism, efficiency and dedication to progress our projects through the planning system under challenging timeframes. We are absolutely delighted with the results.”
Tim Warren, Planning and Land Manager, Jenner Group
“We have worked closely with ECE for a number of years and continue to build on an excellent working relationship with them based on true collaborative working and trust. ECE have undertaken feasibility work, planning advice, planning submission and working drawings for us on a number of projects and we have always found them to work to a high quality and professional in their approach. We will continue to enjoy working with them on future projects as our experience with them has always been very positive.”
Darren Jacob, Managing Director, ValidusLM
“ECE Planning have always worked pro-actively to address challenging planning matters, solving problems as they come up on this complex site. Chris and Sam managed the intricate submission and relationship with the client and key stakeholders with a dynamic and always positive ‘can-do’ attitude. I look forward to working further together.”