A £30 million plan to regenerate a derelict site would create almost 200 jobs.

Developer William Neville and Sons has unveiled designs for the 1.35 acre portside Parcelforce site in Shoreham.

The scheme includes 120 construction jobs and 75 part time and full time jobs in 1,400 square meters of commercial space featuring a convenience store and two cafés.

More than 130 new homes will be built and the developer plans to work with Affinity Sutton to deliver 36 one, two and three bedroom affordable homes. Access to the Surry Boat Yard will also be improved.

Adur District Council’s planning committee is expected to consider the proposals on March 4.

Peter Morcom, the owner of Surry Boat Yard, which is next to the site, said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the regeneration of this part of Shoreham and it’s going to be really good for boat owners here. We see it as inspired design.”

Clive Voice, the owner of Skyblue Marina Management, the operator of Surry Boat Yard, said: “The scheme is going to benefit all of Shoreham and especially boat owners, offering better slipway access as well as brand new facilities for our house boats along the shore here and people using the boatyard.”

Slipway use

Tim Leigh, the club secretary for Sussex Yacht Club, which neighbours the site, said: “We will be pleased to see the slipway back in use and for the waterfront area to be made more accessible, attractive and usable by our members and the public.”

Peter Davies, the development director at Shoreham Port, said: “The development of this site can act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the western part of Shoreham Harbour and I welcome it being brought forward by the owners.”

James King, of architect King Conroy, who drew up the plans, said: “We have worked with the Environment Agency to create a robust solution for flood protection on all three sides of the site, which won’t detract from the attractive public space we are creating there.

“We have also addressed concerns about the building height and whilst the building remains seven storeys high, we have lowered the foundations and it is now over half a metre lower than the plans for the site which are already approved.”

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