This will free up a critical piece of land needed to transform the southern area of Chichester into a vibrant and attractive new quarter, as proposed in the Southern Gateway Masterplan.

The Southern Gateway area includes several parcels of land, including:

 

 

 

  • The bus station and depot;
  • Basin Road car park;
  • Law courts;
  • The former Chichester Police Station playing field;
  • Former high school buildings, and;
  • Royal Mail depot buildings.

Securing this site signals a key step forward for the project.

"We are very pleased to have secured this new site. In doing so, we have reached yet another important stage of the project," says Councillor Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place, and Regeneration. "A lot of progress has been made this year, with the help of our partners West Sussex County Council, Homes England, and Coast to Capital.

"In May, we started the search for a suitable developer to deliver this project for the benefit of the community. We hope to announce who has been appointed in November 2019. Following the selection, the chosen developer will then expand on their ideas and present these to the public in spring next year."

The relocation site comprises of units 15 and 16 in Terminus Rd, Chichester, currently occupied by Parkers of Chichester. The business will remain at this site until at least May 2020 while negotiations with potential future occupiers continue.

John Parker, Director of Parkers of Chichester, says, "We have been keen to collaborate with the Southern Gateway plans, and see this as a very positive opportunity for Chichester. We are an old family and Chichester company, moving from Orchard Street in the early 1900s, then on to the Tan Yard in Westgate, and finally to Terminus Road in 1965.

"The Southern Gateway brings a great opportunity for us as we have now outgrown our current Terminus Road site. We plan to relocate to Cathedral Business Park, Bognor Road, where we can increase our capacity and develop opportunities and partnerships with current and new customers whilst staying within the Chichester area."

The Southern Gateway project aims to encourage economic growth and create new, better paid jobs by transforming this largely brownfield area. The 30-acre site will be regenerated to feature an estimated:

  • 365 new homes;
  • 20,600 square metres of new commercial space including business and retail space and leisure and tourism facilities;
  • improved transport links and a focus on cycling, walking and public transport; plus,
  • public space enhancements and landscaping.

The project is predicted to create more than 1,400 jobs and protect at least 200 existing jobs.

It is also a key project in the Chichester Vision, which aims to boost economic growth in Chichester City Centre. The aim is to help Chichester attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth by making the most of its heritage and culture, while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, visitors, and students. Priorities are to reduce traffic, support independent businesses and create a more diverse evening culture.

The project is also part of the One Public Estate West Sussex programme, which aims to reduce revenue costs, improve public services and release land for housing and economic growth.

People can keep up to date on the project by visiting the Southern Gateway webpage, which includes a variety of frequently asked questions on all areas of the project. People can also find updates in the council's residents' magazine initiatives, and on the council's social media pages.

Date of release: 10 September 2019

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