New industrial units will boost business in Chichester

Six new industrial units will be built in Terminus Road, Chichester to help boost the local economy.

Chichester District Council's Cabinet gave its final approval on Tuesday 11 July to proceed with the construction of the £2 million industrial units on Plot 21, which was previously home to Goodwood Metalcraft.

The redundant building, which was no longer suitable for modern business needs, has already been demolished to make for the new units.

Each unit will provide between 230 and 300 square metres of floor space, plus the potential to add a mezzanine floor, at a tenant's discretion. There would also be the option for each business to dedicate some space to a trade counter area. It is predicted that each unit will employ around five people.

As well as encouraging business and providing new employment in the district, the scheme will also help generate rental income for the council, helping to protect key services for residents across the district.

Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, said: "One of the key aims of this scheme is to improve the area's economy by attracting new employers. It could also provide an opportunity for existing businesses in the area who are seeking to expand and move to new premises.

"Because the site is owned by the council, the rental income will go towards helping the council provide key services for our residents.

"The site represents the upper level of our offer for small businesses, the Woodruff Centre in Terminus Road and the St James trading estate being the intermediate stage two and the Enterprise Centre now under construction in Terminus Road the entry stage one."

Construction work is due to start in the autumn. It is hoped the units will be ready for businesses to move into by next summer.

Businesses interested in finding out more about the new units should contact the council's estates team

Date of Release: 12 July 2017  

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