People are invited to talk to council officers and find out more about this exciting project on:

  • Saturday 15 July: at Chichester Police Station Open Day, Kingsham Road, 10.30am to 3pm;
  • Friday 28 July: at 5th Chichester Scout Hut, Whyke Road, Chichester, 2pm to 8pm and;
  • Friday 28 July: at 8th Chichester Scout Hut, Canal Field (Chichester High School), 2pm to 8pm.

They can also comment on the proposals until Thursday 10 August. Or, if they don't have access to a computer, they can view and comment on the plans in the District Council's main offices in East Pallant House, East Pallant, Chichester.

Known as the Southern Gateway Masterplan, the project aims to regenerate the area, which is considered a key point of access and arrival to the city. It provides the opportunity to create a vibrant new quarter, linking the city centre with the canal basin, public transport hubs and pedestrian, cycle and leisure routes. This would improve the look and feel of the area, as well as bringing huge economic benefits to the city and district.

The masterplan illustrates how the area would deliver new homes, business space, and tourism and leisure facilities. It would also improve transport links, providing more emphasis on cycling, walking and public transport. It would transform first impressions when people arrive in the city.

The area includes: the law courts and bus station; bus depot and Basin Road car park; Royal Mail sorting office and depot; and land at the police station and former high school.

The regeneration of the Southern Gateway is one of the ambitions of the Chichester Vision, which sets out how the public would like the city to evolve over the next 20 years. The three key themes that people highlighted for the Vision were to ensure we developed: an accessible and attractive City Centre; a vibrant and growing economy; and a leading visitor destination. The Southern Gateway masterplan will help towards realising all three ambitions.

"This is a major project and we know everyone will have a view, so we want to hear from as many people as possible," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "Our officers will be on hand to explain more about the project and why it is so important, and how you can have your say. We look forward to meeting residents at these events."

Date of release: 11 July 2017

Reference: 3734