Tim Loughton's holding a public meeting tonight ( Thursday 14th September) to discuss concerns with locals and Brighton and Hove Albion over the club's plans to site an Ikea and 600 homes on their land in Lancing.
Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham) has called a public meeting tonight in Lancing,at 7pm at Lancing Parish Hall in South Street, to discuss the New Monks Farms development and proposed ‘improvements’ to the A27. He says it is an opportunity for constituents to make their thoughts known on these two very important issues. Director of Brighton and Hove Albion, Martin Perry will be there, the club are behind the huge development on land at the premier side's training ground.
The MP has already surveyed houses locally and says he has had an large response with the main concerns focusing on just how the A27 will cope with millions of extra car journeys to and from the planned IKEA superstore., when the road is already unable to cope with the usual flow of traffic.
Tim has also set up a survey on the New Monks Farm development in order to better understand constituents’ views on this important local issue: New Monks Farm Development
The MP says he is looking at the whole picture which includes the proposals to upgrade the A27 through Lancing and Worthing currently being proposed by Highways England.
He says it is 'putting the cart before the horse' adding the development is set to happen a long time before it is feasible that Highways England put a spade in the ground to make any inroads into a serious upgrade of the road.
In August Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, as owners of the New Monks Farm site, formally applied for planning permission for the substantial development in Lancing.
Commenting at the time, Tim Loughton said:"This is the largest development in Adur for some time and will have considerable ramifications for the whole area and work could begin before the end of the year so it is vital that local residents are fully engaged with what is being proposed and have their voices heard.
He added: "I have serious reservations about the sustainability of this scheme but particularly about the inclusion of an IKEA superstore which is projected to attract 2 million customers a year. I have met representatives of IKEA and asked for details of how their projections of traffic movements for their Southampton branch have turned out 10 years on from its opening."
Martin Perry, Executive Director of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club told Juice the application for the development of their land is in line with the local plan: "The local plan has been agreed by Highways England and Adur District Council and at the time the road network was deemed able to cope with the additional traffic from this and other developments along the A27.
"We are aware of course that Highways England are also consulting to upgrade the A27 and we understand those improvements take into account the extra traffic that would be generated."
Martin added: "This is the third public meeting we have attended to discuss the proposals"
" We know locally there is concern about our proposals and we are happy to go along and listen to those concerns and taken them into account but the point is this site has been earmarked for development."
"Our interests are much the same as those residents"