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This video below gives a brief overview of what you can expect from the project and how it will benefit the public.

It features aerial footage of Chichester to show you where the Southern Gateway site is situated and all the different sites which will be included as part of the regeneration.

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The Southern Gateway is the biggest regeneration project that the city has seen for decades. In November 2017 our councillors adopted the pdf icon Southern Gateway Masterplan [3Mb] which sets out the basis on which the area can be comprehensively regenerated. There is also an accompanying pdf icon transport study [21Mb] and an appendix containing the pdf icon technical studies [8Mb]

At the moment, the masterplan comprises of several parcels of land:

  • the bus station and depot
  • Basin Road car park
  • law courts
  • part of the former Chichester Police Station playing field
  • part of the former high school
  • the Royal Mail depot buildings
  • part of the Network Rail site, and
  • 5 -6 Southgate.

The project will involve transforming this largely brownfield area into a vibrant and attractive new quarter, with the aim of providing:

  • new homes
  • business and retail space
  • leisure and tourism facilities;
  • improved transport links with a focus on cycling, walking and public transport, plus
  • improved public realm and open spaces.

Why is regeneration needed?

The Southern area of Chichester is a key gateway to the city. The community wants to make this area look more attractive and welcoming to people arriving in the city.

The scheme is the flagship project for the pdf icon Chichester Vision [2Mb] which looks ahead over the next 20 years to see how the city centre can be enhanced, while at the same time protecting our important heritage.

The aim is to better connect the centre of Chichester to other city locations such as the canal basin and the public transport hub.

At the moment traffic dominates this part of Chichester. Reducing traffic in the city centre and creating a more diverse evening culture were the two aspects that people wanted improved as part of the Chichester Vision.

Another key aim is to help boost local jobs and the economy. We want to attract high growth, high value sectors such as finance, digital, pharmaceutical and creative industries to the area as well as create homes, public space and community facilities.

How will this be achieved?

We are working with our partner West Sussex County Council  to deliver this opportunity. 

A pdf icon Southern Gateway Development Brief [1Mb] has been agreed and a procurement process has been completed to select a developer partner.

We have also engaged with the Chichester BID  (Business Improvement District), Visit Chichester , University of Chichester  and Chichester City Council  to identify future needs.

The brief explores opportunities that improve the visitor offer such as hotel accommodation and entertainment space to bolster the night time economy and create a more diverse evening culture.

Traffic will be reduced by limiting vehicle access across the Stockbridge Road level crossing to buses and taxis, while access for cyclists and pedestrians will be improved.

Basin Road will also be realigned to create a new junction on Stockbridge Road while pedestrian access around the Southgate Gyratory will improved by carrying out work to reduce the width and number of lanes.