Date for decision on IKEA and 600 homes in Lancing confirmed

The date for a meeting to decide on a deferred planning application to build 600 new homes and an IKEA superstore at New Monks Farm has been confirmed.

An artists's impression of the proposed IKEA in Lancing
An artists's impression of the proposed IKEA in Lancing

Adur District Council’s Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3, to decide on the application, the council has confirmed.

The same meeting will also see councillors consider an application proposing 25,000m² of commercial space at Shoreham Airport.

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A masterplan of the New Monks Farm development

The meeting will take place at the 500 seat capacity Sir Robert Woodard Academy sports hall in Lancing.

The proposal from New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub.

It would also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site.

The initial plans for New Monks Farm were submitted last summer.

Councillors on the planning committee met in July to make a decision but decided to defer the proposal due to concerns over the appearance of the north elevation of the planned IKEA building and access to Coombes Road and Lancing College.

A spokesman for Adur District Council said: “We are fully aware of the public interest in this major application which is why we are continuing to use a location close to the site and as big a venue as possible for this decision to take place.

“As a council we have a duty to planning applications in a certain time frame.

“The deferred time period has given the applicant time to address the two main concerns raised.

“Given that the New Monks application and the airport application contain a shared transport and drainage strategy it makes sense to deal with both applications on the same evening.

“It is up to the committee to listen to the information put forward from all sides and make a decision on both applications based on this evidence.”

Papers regarding both applications will be made public a week before the meeting, the council said.

Information on how people can speak at the meeting will be confirmed in the next few days, added the council.