Parker Steel and Shoreham Port Authority (SPA) have submitted an ouitline planning application to create a new steel processing plant on port land to the east of Shoreham power station. It will create between 250 - 280 jobs but it will further complicate plans for 10,000 homes at the port.
Steel would enter Shoreman Port by ship and then be transferred by road across the south east. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at peak the new facility could generate 48 lorry loads per day.
The application will be considered by Adur District Council but its leader - Neil Parkin, questioned the project saying : "It has to be looked at holistically in the light of the South East England Development Agency's (SEEDA) aims to build 10,000 homes down there”
A spokesperson for Parker Steel said "I don't believe that's going to affect us because we are working with a public port. If someone else wants to fly at it with a new scheme that's purely their job but we are dealing with the reality of providing business premises at the port."
The proposals for the steel plant are part of a £3.7 million investment in new warehousing and paved areas to meet demands for more space created by the increasing volume of freight handled by the port.
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