Worthing Observation Wheel

Paul Basham Associates were approached by De-Koning Leisure Group Limited to support a full planning application for the erection of a 46m tall observation wheel on Worthing seafront.

The Brief

De-Koning Leisure Group Limited instructed us to assist with the transport planning support required for the full planning application for the erection of a 46m observation wheel in Worthing.  The Transport Statement focussed on the accessibility of the site, including vehicle and cycle parking provision.

Our Approach

Our initial approach was to undertake a site visit to establish the location and extent of the development and to evaluate the accessibility of the site, together with reviewing the capacity of the town centre car parks.  Taking into account traffic and highway conditions on Marine Parade, together with our local knowledge of the area we completed a transport statement, which also concluded that the current parking provision within the town was sufficient to accommodate the demand for this new attraction. 

Focussing on site accessibility and linked trips to the attraction we could demonstrate that the Worthing Observation Wheel was highly accessible by non-car modes and would have a negligible impact on the local highway network.

The Result

The scheme was granted planning permission on 2nd April 2019 (2 months from validation) and construction was completed by the end of July, ready for the busy summer period.  It will be a major attraction to Worthing’s seafront for both visitors and local residents.