Brighton and Hove Albion react as Ikea pulls out of New Monks Farm Brighton News

BRIGHTON and Hove Albion said plans for new homes, land for an elementary school and a new junction will continue in a development despite Ikea’s withdrawal.

The furniture giant has announced that it will no longer build New Monks Farm in Lancing after selecting the site just over five years ago in 2016.

However, the landowners of Brighton and Hove Albion said the area would be further transformed with 28 hectares of parkland, land for a new primary school, hundreds of houses and apartments.

A spokesperson for New Monks Farm Developments Limited said: “We note that Ikea has announced that it is no longer building its store, however, this does not change our plans for the site. .

“The new junction will go ahead as planned and is necessary for the new housing, as well as the planned development for Shoreham Airport.

“This secured the future of the airport, which was previously under administration before our plans were approved.”

The club is behind the project, with Carla Homes building 600 homes near their football training ground.

Cala Homes acquired the land at Mash Barn Lane in Lancing around the same time last year.

They will transform the area around the Albion training ground into a set of one and two bedroom apartments and two to five bedroom houses.

Planning was approved in February last year for the mixed-use development, which also included land for a new primary school and the now-canceled Ikea store.

Ikea has pulled out of the project, citing a change in shopping habits as more customers move online to make purchases.

Richard Rands, head of market development at Ikea in the UK and Ireland, said it was “not an easy decision.”

The announcement came after the installation of steel beams near the A27 at Lancing to form a new access bridge to the New Monks Park development.

A motorway bridge will link the site to the A27 with a new four-armed roundabout.

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