The old Shoreham cement works and quarry along the Steyning Road have been disused for over 30 years. Various ideas, plans and projects have been mooted for this huge eyesore of a site including an ‘Eden Project’, a holiday village, dry ski slope and even a dinosaur park. Back in 2003, a planning application for mixed residential and business use reached as far as the then Deputy Prime Minister’s desk, where it was finally rejected on appeal. The site is currently owned by the Dudman group of companies.
Just over ten years ago, the South Downs National Park (SDNP) came into existence. As the 44-hectare site lies within the Park’s boundary, even though it straddles Adur and Horsham local districts, the South Downs National Park Authority is the official planning authority, to which any future planning applications for the site must be made.
South Downs Area Action Plan
Just as Adur District Council has a Local Plan, so does the South Downs National Park. Within its Plan, the SDNP regards the site of the Shoreham Cement Works as a “great opportunity to deliver an innovative, exciting and imaginative solution”. One of its planning policies is to prepare an Area Action Plan (AAP) to “enable a comprehensive, appropriate and viable scheme to be delivered”.
The SDNP has now reached a key stage in preparing its AAP with an ‘Issues & Options’ document which it will shortly publish and seek your views on. The Plan will cover a range of topics including:
- biodiversity and ecology
- landscape and design
- recreation and tourism
- the economy and jobs
- new homes including affordable homes
- cultural heritage
- climate change
(You can read the relevant pages from the South Downs National Park Local Plan about the Shoreham Cement Works here on our website).
Community Consultation Event
Starting on Tuesday 7th June, the South Downs National Park Authority is running an eight-week consultation seeking the views of everyone who is interested in the site. Here at the Shoreham Society we are delighted to be hosting one of their community events to listen to your ideas and opinions on Friday 17th June. It is at the Shoreham Centre, starting at 6pm and is free to attend.
The event will be in the style of market stalls where you can speak with the planners, read some of the studies that have been prepared on the site and learn how to use the online consultation system.
Following the initial consultation, the SDNP Authority will prepare a ‘Preferred Option’ document, to which it will also be seeking a public response. The final Area Action Plan for the Shoreham Cement Works will be published next year and used in assessing any future planning applications for the site.
We hope you will come to the initial Cement Works Consultation on Friday 17th June. It is your chance to influence one of the biggest projects in our area.
Friday 17th June, 6pm until 9pm (arrive any time) at the Shoreham Centre, Pond Road. Free entry. Refreshments will be available.