The information is as follows.
(a) SEEDA has taken a lead role with key stakeholders to secure the policy and delivery framework for this major exemplar of regional development in the Shoreham Harbour area:
a steering group chaired by SEEDA, together with sub-groups, was formed to look at specific issues, with the full support of Adur district council, Brighton and Hove city council, West Sussex county council and GOSE. In addition, Shoreham port authority, the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency are all part of the group.
meetings have taken place on a monthly basis over the last year and the stakeholders have been given the opportunity to guide and scrutinise the actions of the project.
discussions have also taken place with the transport team within GOSE, Transport Department and the Highways Agency together with the Local Authorities Highways department to establish that the vision being promoted by SEEDA is capable of being implemented with the approval of the wider stakeholder community.
many stakeholders have been given opportunity to guide and scrutinise the actions of SEEDA on the project, although as yet it is still in the very early exploratory stages.
(b) Transport issues are just one aspect of the project that will need to be assessed to establish that the vision now being promoted by SEEDA is capable of being implemented with the approval of the wider stakeholder community. This includes the need for any additional infrastructure. To date:
briefing has been supplied to the elected representatives in the local councils at key stages, and now all three local authorities covering the area have formally agreed to participate in a Joint Area Action Plan. This will explore systematically the scope for introducing new homes and employment in the Shoreham area, and will be subject to the full statutory planning process, including public consultation.
work on the Action Area Plan is only just starting now, but will offer all stakeholders—including individual members of the public—opportunities to consider the benefits and sustainability of any development proposals, and to submit their views before planning permission is granted.