Issue details

New Monks Farm - Withy Patch land surplus declaration and development agreement FIN18 19/20

In October 2018 the Planning Committee of Adur District Council resolved to approve a planning application for 600 new houses and a retail store, to be built in Lancing on the site known as New Monks Farm, subject to completion of a section 106 planning agreement.     


The County Council is a landowner of the gypsy and traveller site known as Withy Patch, which forms a small part of the land within the proposed development scheme.  The gypsy and traveller site is currently located at the proposed access to the development site from the A27.


The County Council has been in negotiation with the developers, The Community Stadium Ltd (TCSL) regarding the sale or disposal by the County Council of the current gypsy and traveller site at Withy Patch and the provision of a new gypsy and traveller site within the New Monks Farm development.   


This report seeks approval to declare the site known as Withy Patch Caravan Park, Old Shoreham Road, North Lancing surplus to operational requirements on the basis that the County Council enters into a development agreement with TCSL. TCSL is required to construct a new Gypsy and Traveller site to an agreed specification within the New Monks Farm development.


The County Council is engaged with current site residents at Withy Patch and will continue to keep them updated on the progress of the new site and plans for new site facilities.  Current site residents will be offered relocation to the new Gypsy and Traveller site on completion and support during transition and subsequent transfer arrangements. 


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Lancing; Shoreham North; Shoreham South; Sompting & North Lancing; Southwick;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/12/2019

Decision due: February 2020 by Cabinet Member for Finance

Lead member: Councillor Jeremy Hunt

Contact: Emily King, Director of Communities emily.king: Email: Tel: 033 022 23876, Elaine Sanders, Property Services Manager emily.king: Email: Tel: 033 022 25605.

Consultation process

Representation can be made via the officer contact.


Arrangements for scrutiny are to be confirmed.  Local members have been informed and a programme of engagement has commenced with residents of the Withy Patch.  The decision will be made in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Fire & Rescue and Communities.

Democratic Services Contact: Suzannah Hill Tel: 033 022 22551

Background3: A Council that Works for the Community


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