Ferring offices approved after design tweaks

Plans to demolish a silo in Ferring and replace it with an office building have been approved after changes were made to its design.

Revised design for Ferring offices
Revised design for Ferring offices

In March, members of Arun District Council’s development control committee deferred the application for the silo, at the former McIntyre Nursery, because they were unhappy with the corrugated sheet metal and grey render suggested for the walls.

Most had no problems with the principle of the application – just the way it looked.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

At an online meeting on Tuesday (May 26), members were presented with a new design, based around timber cladding, which they described as ‘a vast improvement’.

Previous office's design

Billy Blanchard-Cooper (Lib Dem, Brookfield) said: “This a really good example of where planning does work incredibly well.

“With just those few tweaks, it has completely transformed that building. I for one think that looks much nicer.”

While Ricky Bower (Con, East Preston) agreed the materials were ‘more in keeping with the location and will improve the look of the site’, he still had concerns about the principle of the development.

His views were shared by the Ferring Conservation Group, which submitted an objection to the council, raising concerns about ‘commercial development in a quiet country lane’.

As well as the office building, the plans include a boundary fence and parking for six cars.

To view the plans in full, log on to www.arun.gov.uk/planning and search for FG/135/19/PL.

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Stay safe, and best wishes.