Worthing Borough Council is in the process of bringing a groundbreaking energy solution to the town, with plans underway for a new heat network which aims to provide an eco-friendlier alternative to traditional gas boilers.
This innovative system, known as the Worthing Heat Network, is designed to deliver heat and hot water directly to homes and buildings through insulated pipes. It utilises large heat pumps and waste heat recovery methods, similar to those already operational in other areas of the country. The planned energy centre will be located next to the High Street multi-storey car park.
Councillor Sophie Cox, Worthing’s cabinet member for climate emergency, highlighted the significance of this project in the town’s journey towards carbon neutrality by 2030. She noted that the network would serve key buildings like Worthing Hospital, Splashpoint, the Connaught Cinema, and council offices, enabling the removal of gas boilers and enhancing local air quality.
Despite the environmental benefits, the project requires the removal of two trees near the car park but is expected to significantly reduce Worthing’s carbon footprint by at least 3,000 tonnes annually.
The planning application will be reviewed at a council planning committee meeting at Worthing Town Hall on December 20 at 6:30 pm. Residents are being encouraged to review the plans and provide feedback through the council’s website prior to the meeting.