Decision due on 152 factory-built Worthing flats

A decision on 152 new factory-built modular flats proposed in West Durrington is set to be made next week.

Swedish housing company BoKlok UK, which is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, wants to develop land west of Fulbeck Avenue.

Its buildings are comprised of a standard range of pre-designed modules which arrive on-site fully fitted out internally.

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The development site is next to the Northbrook Farm Caravan and Motorhome Club and opposite the Tesco Extra store.

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An application for the scheme is due to be discussed by Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday October 21.

The development is arranged into five modular apartment blocks, with a total of 160 parking spaces.

The scheme includes 30 per cent affordable housing, while the 70 per cent private units would be based on BoKlok’s ‘left to live’ housing affordability model which takes into account average incomes in the area.

The properties would be put on sale exclusively to residents of Adur and Worthing for an initial three month period, before being marketed more widely.

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The application describes itself as a ‘parkland development’ with buildings in a well-designed and maintained landscape.

It goes on to explain how a BoKlok community should be a ‘friendly and healthy place to live, where people of differing life stages can live together in harmony’.

Access to the site would be from a new arm on the existing roundabout.

Officers are recommending approval subject to the receipt of further information on flood risk management and ecology.

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