The wait may soon be over for Sussex’s first IKEA superstore.
Following the New Monks Farm site in Lancing being granted planning permission in October 2018, with councillors voting 5-3 in favour of the plans, work could be started before 2020.
The development is anticipated to include:
- Over 600 homes,
- The provision of a country park,
- The relocation of the Withy Patch Gypsy and travellers’ site,
- A new roundabout to replace the Sussex Pad junction on the A27,
- A pumping station.
Following the decision being passed to the Secretary of State, who decided not to make a ruling on the decision to give;
“more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues.”
The meeting report, to be discussed on Tuesday, October 8th, said:
“Whilst the project has been delayed by the Secretary of State (considering whether to call in the application) it is expected that the planning permission will be finally issued in the next few weeks or so following the completion of the legal agreement.
The developer, New Monks Farm Ltd hopes to make a start on site before the end of the year.”
The council is set to receive £5.7million of funding from the Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will be going to the new roundabout on the A27.
In order to secure the funds, next week’s committee meeting will see councillors consider whether or not to enter into a funding agreement with the LEP.
Though the funds would be granted to the council, they would be dispatched straight to the developer, New Monks Farm Ltd, to assemble the build.
In the circumstance that grant conditions cannot be met and funds be demanded back by the LEP, the report suggests a side agreement to offer legal protection between the council and New Monks Farm Ltd.
It added the council would not be adding any of its own additional funds to the project.
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