Southern Gateway: Ideas to be submitted to district council

Developers keen to be part of a 'landmark project' are being invited to submit ideas to the district council.

Friday, 10th May 2019, 3:44 pm
Artist's impression of possible ideas for the Southern Gateway redevelopment in Chichester, showing the Canal Wharf area (photo submitted).

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The brief was developed with involvement from Chichester District Council’s partners West Sussex County Council, Homes England, plus other city stakeholders including Chichester City Council and Chichester BID (Business Improvement District).

The document outlines all the objectives which developers will need to meet as part of the process.

A view from the canal

“Over the past year, we have carried out two ‘soft market tests’ to gauge possible reaction, and we know that there is strong interest in the project from developers and we are looking forward to seeing how the market responds to the opportunity over the coming months.

"This is a landmark project for Chichester and the development partner will be absolutely key in helping make it a reality.”

An aerial view of Chichester

• 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 Southern Gateway is predicted to create more than 1,400 jobs and protect at least 200 existing jobs, as well as improve air quality in the centre of the city.

Last year, the project received £5 million of funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership and Coast to Capital. It is also being promoted by the Department of International Trade as part of its overseas programme.

The Southern Gateway is 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.

Chichester District Council anticipates announcing its selection in November 2019.

Following this, the next stage then will be for the development partner to present their ideas and show them to the public.

People can keep up to date on the project by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/southerngateway.

Interested developers can view the full list of tender documents via the council’s portal: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/sesharedservices/aspx/Home