A multi-storey car park could be sold off to be demolished and replaced with more than 100 homes.

Councillors are to consider plans to sell Grafton car park and neighbouring shops in Worthing to a developer to transform the area with at least 150 new homes, as well as enhanced leisure facilities, commercial units and green spaces.

The Grafton site in Marine Parade includes the 440-space car park, the bowling alley, the Level 1 food and drink area, a small number of shops in Montague Street and access roads to neighbouring buildings, covering roughly the area of a football pitch.

Worthing Borough Council recently bought the leases to the shops from Clarks to Argos on the southern side of Montague Street.

The council said the move would “remove ageing, unattractive buildings from the area, allow the construction of much-needed homes and support the regeneration of the seafront”.

The proposal to be discussed by Worthing Borough Council’s cabinet on November 9 suggests that the land could be marketed for sale from January 2024.


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The council will look to a partnership with a developer to transform the area to “meet the town’s ambitions” and said new leisure facilities would be created either on the site as part of the redevelopment or elsewhere in the town.

Councillor Caroline Baxter, Worthing’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Grafton has done its job as a car park but is the centre of an ugly, untidy part of the town that urgently needs to be transformed.

“Redeveloping this site in a way that would benefit the community and at the same time support the regeneration of our historic seafront would be an exciting and imaginative solution.”

Grafton car park was built in 1960 and would require significant and increasing investment to keep it in a safe condition for visitors over the coming years, the council said.

Council officers believe that after selling it there will be sufficient parking spaces at the remaining council car parks to cope with demand.

Members of the public can listen to the discussion at the Worthing joint strategic sub-committee meeting from 6.30pm on November 9 at Chesswood Junior School in Chesswood Road. 

Alternatively, to listen to the meeting live or after the event visit democracy.adur-worthing.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=361&MId=1925