Brighton & Hove Albion have submitted a planning application for the development of New Monks Farm, and would like to respond to a number of questions raised by local residents.
The application is in line with Adur District Council’s local plan to meet housing and employment targets, and the public and the statutory authorities have been consulted regularly on these proposals. It was the subject of an examination in public by a planning inspector and has therefore been tested through the local plan process.
Highways England and West Sussex County Council have carried out a detailed analysis of how the site would affect the local road network, and are satisfied that it can carry the development proposed, subject to a number of highway improvements funded by appropriate contributions from the developers of each of the individual sites.
In summary, the club has responded to the key issues relating to its planning application as follows:
- The findings of the various studies, which have taken place during the preparation of the planning application, have shown that the peak traffic flows on the A27 occur in the morning. The evening peak flows are lower and Saturday flows are much lower.
- Set against the baseline projections which have been tested and found to be satisfactory as part of Adur’s emerging local plan, the arrivals and departures from the site as a result of the proposed development, are fewer in the morning on weekdays and a less than a 1% increase on weekday evenings.
- The traffic assessment shows that 74% of visitors to the IKEA store will travel from and return to the east of the new junction. This includes visitors who come from the north, via the A23. This section of the A27 flows more freely than the section to the west of the development.
- Just 24% of visitors will access the IKEA store from the more congested west side of the development. In the evening peak, the additional number of vehicles equates to just 30 per hour on this side of the development.
- The site is located within acceptable walking distances of key shops, services and facilities within Lancing. Walking and cycling routes through the site will be made available via a link through the Mash Barn estate.
- Local bus operators are keen to serve the New Monks Farm site with a new Brighton express service operating with a high frequency and links through Shoreham. Stagecoach are also keen to extend existing services from Lancing centre to connect in to the site (Pulse Service).
- Walking and cycling routes towards the South Downs will be retained with new crossing facilities on the A27 and an interconnected network through the New Monks Farm site. This includes routes suitable for a variety of users (i.e. commuters on more direct routes, and leisure trips through the country park trails).