Decision on ‘school not flats’ site deferred

Decision on ‘school not flats’ site deferred


The decision on the controversial planning application to build a block of flats on the site of the Jolly Brewers Public House was deferred last night (Wednesday June 25th).

Supporters of the Heene First School Campaign turned out in force at the Worthing Planning Committee held in the Town Hall including many banner carrying children.  The campaign wants West Sussex County Council to secure the land for the use of the school instead of the block of flats.

Local ward councillor James Doyle spoke against the application for flats, pointing out there was no mention of sustainability as required by local planning rules.  Although the developer said the flats were in fact compliant the planning officer presenting the report admitted there was nothing in the report presented to the committee.

Due to the omission Cllr Michael Donin proposed to defer the application and the vote split two for and two against with three committee members abstaining.    The  committee Chair Cllr Joan Bradley used her casting vote to vote for deferral.

After the meeting Heene First School Campaign said: “Thank you to all those who came to the meeting and for all the brilliant banners made!

“We had a fantastic turnout and really showed West Sussex County Council we are serious about Heene school gaining the land.”