BRIGHTON legend Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, and an internationally acclaimed developer are behind plans to turn a run-down toilet block into a community beach hub.

Adur District Council has been looking for a partner to redevelop the run-down toilet block on Shoreham’s Beach Green for several years.

Now a deal has been agreed in principle with a team which includes the people behind the Boxpark developments in Shoreditch and Croydon, as well as Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Cafe at Hove Lagoon.

The emphasis for the Big Beach Box will be on creating a new community cafe which could also include a roof terrace, changing rooms, and a centre for watersports.

After entering in to a preferred developer status with Boxpark, the local authority will now launch a full consultation with the community to draw up detailed plans, before a planning application is submitted.

Councillor Brian Boggis said: “I am very pleased to see such exciting plans for this key site.

“We’ve been clear that we wanted something exceptional for Shoreham Beach Green and I believe that this proposal will enhance facilities for the local community and the thousands of visitors who come to Shoreham Beach each year.”

This is the latest in a series of developments around Shoreham as part of an ongoing programme of regeneration.

It includes the opening of the £11.5 million Adur Ferry Bridge, the creation of award-winning farmers’ markets in the pedestrianised East Street and a revamped Shoreham Centre.

Adur District Council began advertising the site last year after a number of unsuccessful attempts to find a tenant.

The Big Beach Box proposal is led by Brighton-based Boxpark which created in east London the world’s first pop up mall for retailers, and food and beverage operators.

The team also includes Dan Stockland and Norman Cook who created the Big Beach Cafe in Hove Lagoon.