Chichester District Council has selected its preferred development partner to deliver the Southern Gateway regeneration project.
Once appointed, Henry Boot Developments will work to transform the southern area of Chichester into a vibrant and attractive new quarter, as proposed in the Southern Gateway Masterplan.
"We are incredibly pleased to have reached this pivotal stage in the project," says Councillor Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place, and Regeneration. "Selecting a developer signals a key step forward for this major regeneration project.
"A lot of progress has been made in the past year, with the help of our partners West Sussex County Council, Homes England, and Coast to Capital. We started the selection for a developer in May last year, and received interest from some very strong candidates.
"We are confident that Henry Boot Developments is the best choice to take the visions and aims of the Southern Gateway masterplan and make these a reality for the benefit of the community."
Bob Lanzer, the county council's Cabinet Member for the Economy, welcomed the selection of a development partner, saying: "This is a big step forward. The Southern Gateway proposals are a key part of the Chichester Growth Deal and developing the site will contribute to the housing needs identified by Chichester District Council."
The Southern Gateway area comprises of 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.
The 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 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 approximately 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 Southern Gateway 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 by visiting the Southern Gateway web page, 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.