Developers in the south are being invited to submit their ideas for the major Southern Gateway regeneration project in Chichester.
Over the next six months Chichester District Council is asking for developers to submit their ideas for the project, which is designed to stimulate economic growth and create new, better paid jobs.
The project is predicted to create more than 1,400 jobs and protect 200 existing roles, as well as improve air quality in the city centre.
Developers will need to ensure their ideas are in keeping with the adopted Southern Gateway Masterplan approved in 2017, and the more detailed Development Brief.
The document outlines all the objectives which developers will need to meet as part of the process.
Paul Over, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director at Chichester District Council said:
“We are delighted to be able to formally announce this important stage,
“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.”
The Southern Gateway aims to transform a largely brownfield area locally.
The 30-acre site will be turned into a vibrant and attractive new quarter featuring 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
- Public space enhancements and landscaping.
Last year, the project received £5 million of funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership and Coast to Capital, and it is also being promoted by the Department of International Trade as part of its overseas programme.
Chichester District Council plans to announce 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 the council's website.