• Q:

    Does regeneration mean knocking down all the buildings in the Southern Gateway area?

    A:

    Not necessarily. Regeneration is about providing new commercial floor space and homes, either by converting existing buildings where this makes aesthetic or commercial sense or by demolishing buildings that are beyond their economic life and cannot be converted on a commercially viable basis. The masterplan envisages a combination of demolition, preservation and building on largely, already developed sites.

  • Q:

    Will regeneration just mean houses?

    A:

    No. The masterplan will look at incorporating a variety of uses including residential, commercial, retail, leisure and public space. The area is an important gateway to the city and we want to ensure that it meets a wide range of needs. These include homes and opportunities for businesses, as well as enhancing the commercial and tourism offer of the city. Other key aims are to reduce the impact of traffic on this area and make the area more attractive. These objectives are most likely to be achieved if the Southern Gateway sites are considered together in a coordinated manner.

  • Q:

    What will happen to the houses and businesses in the area and the people that live and work there?

    A:

    Very few residents or businesses will be directly and physically affected by these proposals. However, we have been in contact with residents and businesses in the area about the Southern Gateway Masterplan. We wrote individually to businesses directly affected, before the draft masterplan consultation began, to tell them about what was happening. We have organised a series of meetings with local stakeholder groups and we are happy to listen to any concerns or questions they may have.

  • Q:

    What will happen to any listed buildings?

    A:

    No listed buildings on the national list will be lost as a result of the proposals contained within the Southern Gateway masterplan.

  • Q:

    Will regeneration mean high-rise buildings in Chichester?

    A:

    The masterplan does not envisage any storey heights greater than four storeys, in keeping with the height of surrounding buildings. The masterplan aims to enhance the area while protecting important views, and our heritage.

  • Q:

    Won't this regeneration pull activity away from the rest of the city centre?

    A:

    The Chichester Vision has been looking at a coordinated approach to how people want to see the city evolve in future. This has involved looking ahead at what opportunities may arise and considering how we want to use them. The Southern Gateway Masterplan is one of those opportunities and the aim is to complement the rest of the city, create an improved environment for residents, workers and visitors and better connect this area to the rest of the city. This is expected to increase activity in the rest of the city centre.

  • Q:

    Where will the bus station go? Will there still be a waiting room and toilets?

    A:

    The council is working closely with the bus operator Stagecoach to find an alternative location. This is ongoing, however bus drop off and collections will still occur within the masterplan area. One of the main aims of this regeneration project is to enhance the use and accessibility of public transport and improve the sense of arrival for those travelling by public transport. The bus company has confirmed that they need bus stands for a certain number of buses to drop off and pick up. It is proposed that their maintenance depot and offices will move off-site. At the moment we do not have details about the toilets and waiting room, but there are existing public conveniences at the canal basin and also at Avenue de Chartres car park, both about a couple of minutes' walk away.

  • Q:

    What are you going to do with the Royal Mail depot site? What does Royal Mail think about all this?

    A:

    We are working with Royal Mail to identify an alternative site for the depot.

  • Q:

    Will there still be a police presence on Kingsham Road?

    A:

    The police station will will remain in its current location.

  • Q:

    Are the courts definitely going to close?

    A:

    After a period of closure the courts have recently opened as a Nightingale Court (April 2021) to address the backlog of court cases due to the Covid pandemic. The Ministry of Justice have advised us that the buildings will operate as temporary Nightingale Courts for two years.

  • Q:

    How long will it take to redevelop the area?

    A:

    Regenerating the Southern Gateway will take a number of years to complete. It is made up of a combination of short term, medium term and longer term projects. The length of time will also depend on factors such as accessing funding and legal agreements over land and buildings that are not owned by us.

  • Q:

    How will the proposals affect air quality in the area?

    A:

  • Q:

    With the restriction of Stockbridge Road traffic to buses and taxis where will the drop off point for other vehicles for the railway station be?

    A:

    At the masterplan stage of the project there isn't sufficient detail to pin-point the location of the drop off point for other vehicles. However, provision will be made for such access, the detailed location of which will be identified when scheme proposals are submitted by interested developers.

  • Q:

    How will I access the railway station to drop off/ collect passengers, some with mobility issues?

    A:

    Details are not yet available, but people will still be able to drop off and collect passengers, although this may not necessarily be in precisely the same position as at present.