• 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 are 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. We are liaising with them closely to ensure that any problems are addressed.

  • 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 closely with Royal Mail to identify an alternative site for the depot. Royal Mail has responded positively to the initial discussions.

  • Q:

    Will there still be a police presence on Kingsham Road?

    A:

    The police station will be kept on this site, however, Sussex Police have recently announced that the Custody Suite will be closed with effect from November 2018. The opportunity this presents for the regeneration of the area will be explored.

  • Q:

    Are the courts definitely going to close?

    A:

    The masterplan assumes that they will remain closed and that the land will be available for redevelopment. All operational court use ended in December 2018 and the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the building is surplus to their requirements. We have enabled some local court services to continue in East Pallant House offices. We are working closely with both the Ministry of Justice and Homes England to coordinate the release of this land to the market, along with the rest of the sites. When this happens, the masterplan will provide guidance as to what would be acceptable.

  • 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. The aim is to have a planning application submitted and approved during 2020, ready for work to start shortly after this.

  • 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.