The character of five coastal, green spaces and a single neighbourhood could be further protected should residents agree with proposed conservation area changes.

Worthing Borough Council, working with The Worthing Society, is considering extending the town’s seafront conservation areas because of their special historic and architectural interest.

Residents and visitors to Worthing are being invited to have their say on the proposed extension of the Steyne Gardens conservation area, as well as the creation of a new one at Marine Gardens and its surroundings.

The change would see Denton Gardens, Beach House Grounds and Beach House Park, along with part of Park Road, included in the conservation area - protecting historic and renowned features of Worthing’s town centre.

The council is also considering the creation of a new conservation area at Marine Gardens, which would include the three large residential blocks of flats around the perimeter. Examples of detached housing, which form part of the wider suburb, are also included within the tightly drawn boundary.

The Argus: Beach House ParkBeach House Park (Image: Worthing Borough Council)

A third request was made by The Worthing Society to extend the Goring Hall conservation area. However, historic research undertaken into the extent and interest of Goring Hall estate does not support a case to extend the conservation area across the Goring-Ferring gap.


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Instead, the council has updated the conservation area’s character appraisal to highlight the positive contribution the Goring-Ferring green gap makes to the area.

Susan Belton, chairman of The Worthing Society, said: “The Worthing Society Committee are pleased to fully support the recommendations of the heritage consultant following the recent conservation area reviews.

“These areas form the backbone of our’ heritage map’ and show the historic character of the town. They include buildings of architectural interest and safeguarding our valued parks and gardens.

The Argus: A new conservation area has been proposed for Marine Gardens and its surroundingsA new conservation area has been proposed for Marine Gardens and its surroundings (Image: Worthing Borough Council)

“A designation as a conservation area can ensure the appearance of these areas is protected and enhanced for future generations.”

Councillor Caroline Baxter, Worthing’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’d encourage the community to share their thoughts on the proposed changes as, while conservation areas are introduced to protect valued sites, we are aware they can also be restrictive towards some homeowners.”

There are currently 26 designated conservation areas in the town which cover areas of architectural or historic interest. Two of these, Castle Goring and Highdown, are also located within South Downs National Park.

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