The Adur and Worthing Growth Deal was signed in March 2017 as an ambitious 5-year partnership programme of regeneration focusing on key priorities across the area. The Growth deal between West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Adur District Council (ADC) and Worthing Borough Council (WBC) is designed to attract investment and combine resource to deliver local economic growth, enabling the development of new homes and creating employment opportunities and community facilities.Find out more about the Adur and Worthing Growth Deal (PDF, 5.8MB)
The overall aim of the growth programme is to sustain local economic growth and maximise prosperity, regenerating communities. Public authorities are working together with organisations and agencies within the region, including Coast to Capital (C2C), Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Coastal West Sussex, to identify funding and investment opportunities.
The Growth Partnership directs specialist teams to design and deliver major projects that create new housing, employment space and community facilities, associated transport connections and environmental improvements to the quality of the public areas in town centres.
2 Worthing priorities
Worthing town centre
Bringing together six key redevelopment areas in the town through a series of associated public realm improvements. Major improvements made to public realm in the town centre create high quality landscapes, reactivating community spaces, making safe and accessible environments for benefit of businesses, residents and visitors.
Worthing Public Realm Improvements (WPRI)
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is working in partnership with Worthing Borough Council (WBC) to assess options and identify priorities for 'public realm' improvements to support the revival of the town centre economy. The WPRI programme provides a significant opportunity to improve the quality of environment and connections between the train station, the seafront and the key redevelopment sites.
Key aims of WPRI include:
- creation of quality landscapes at destination and arrival points
- great gateways with clear routes and desirable spaces
- improvements to the safety of the public realm as inclusive community spaces
- promotion of sustainable travel within healthy and attractive environments
- engagement with key stakeholders to build upon strong local support.
Partnership investment in WPRI and future town centre gateways, infrastructure and economic growth projects are even more pertinent in view of the impact of COVID-19, as it supports revival of place and critical recovery plans.
A Leader Decision (LDR01 2018/19) in May 2018, approved a £5m capital allocation to develop a WPRI programme and delegated the Executive Director of Place to take forward Portland Road and other key priority projects to be identified.
The Portland Road project is being delivered by WBC and is currently in construction. WSCC and WBC developed designs to increase quality and accessibility with new paved areas and reduce clutter on the highway. Highway access and street parking will be altered to extend the pedestrianised area. Loading and unloading restrictions modified and new street lighting, urban realm furniture, trees and quality, sustainable low maintenance landscaping will be introduced.
An Executive Director for Place (Procurement: Adur and Worthing Growth Programme, Worthing Public Realm Works, Portland Road OKD10_20/21, May 2020), agreed to allocate funding from the Capital programme to enable WBC to lead the local delivery of the Portland Road project. Works started on site on 3 June 2021.
Railway Approach project will create a station gateway and sustainable transport interchange, links to new cycleway and cycle hub and support town centre growth and economy. WBC partners support WSCC taking it forward as the second priority phase, with grant contribution secured from the C2C LEP. The WSCC project team engaged the public in a virtual exhibition and feedback is developing preliminary designs.
Montague Place (South) Project
In April 2021, Members of WPRI Advisory Board supported the next phase of Montague Place regeneration, supporting local businesses by extending the town square area and public events space towards the seafront.
New proposals will build on earlier improvements (made by WSCC in 2016), as part of a sustainable transport package. View the Worthing STP achievement report for more information.
On 13 July 2021, Adur & Worthing Councils Joint Strategic Committee approved proposals to fund an improved Montague Place (South), using ‘Welcome Back’ grant, from central government, to pay for an extension of period of closure and initial phase of enabling works. Potential short-term uses may include pocket parks, events space and continental style ‘spill out’ areas for local businesses to serve food and drink.
The WPRI Advisory Board and Steering Group will be looking at future phase(s), exploring options and funding opportunities to take forward, assessing economic and community benefits of each new scheme.
Major projects and Worthing investment prospectus
Partnership public realm projects link together major investment and new assets, creating a sustainable transport network and upgrading the digital infrastructure. Development partners are building new homes, providing commercial, leisure and retail space at:
- Teville Gate - Partnership funds cleared the site and enabled the development of a new office building (Teville Gate House - occupied by HMRC), linked to public realm improvements planned at Railway Approach, around Worthing Station gateway. WBC are purchasing sites and exploring development opportunities for new build mix of new homes and suitable commercial uses to revitalise the area.
- Aquarena - A new Splashpoint sport centre replaced a redundant building making way for a new residential bayside development of 141 homes on the seafront.
- Civic sites - Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC) served by a new multi-storey car park is planned to be built on site of the old car park.
- Union Place - Partnership proposals for up to 200 new homes with commercial space and a hotel next to the Connaught Theatre and cinema, with parking and landscaping.
- Grafton - A potential opportunity for a major redevelopment to include seafront new homes, leisure and shopping area.
- Stagecoach - Assessing opportunities for redevelopment if bus station operations relocate.
- Gigabit - WSCC, CityFibre and Adur & Worthing Councils partnering to install fibre broadband improving digital connectivity for residents, businesses and services in the area.
Decoy Farm, East Worthing
WBC has carried out the remediation of old landfill sites, adjacent to WSCC Viridor Waste Recycling site, supported by significant Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) funding up to £4.8m. Master-planning and new infrastructure supports proposals for the development of new commercial units. Positive interest from the market research supports an extension to the business park.
WBC are exploring options and opportunities for expanding enterprises and or companies looking for brand new premises, creating future local employment.
Find information on the latest updates at Decoy Farm.
Centenary House, Durrington
WSCC and Sussex Police are considering options for their shared site. WSCC have reviewed their requirements in view of the impact of the pandemic and are working with services on an agreed plan of action.
More efficient modern facilities are being identified to accommodate staff. Once teams are relocated the old buildings are proposed to be decommissioned. Partners have identified surplus land that may be released in future to enable development of new homes and potentially provide alternative employment uses, supporting the delivery of the Worthing Local Plan.
3 Worthing Railway Approach
(Position at February 2022)
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Worthing Borough Council (WBC) are working together to invest and deliver town centre improvements identified within the partnership Growth Deal. Worthing Public Realm Project Board oversees the design and delivery of priority projects.
Railway Approach is the second phase of a wider £12m programme of significant public realm improvement schemes. Investments are making public areas accessible, safe and sustainable community spaces linking the railway station, the town centre and the seafront. These schemes are key to the regeneration plans aimed at supporting the recovery and resilience of the local economy by creating a better, more attractive environment for residents, shoppers, businesses and visitors.
WSCC is now progressing this project in detailed design using outputs from the public engagement exercise. See the preliminary design below.
Our consultant (WSP) is now at the stage of finalising detailed plans that will redefine Worthing Railway Approach as an important point of arrival, key to making a positive first impression to those visiting the town, as well as improving access and enhancing the experience for commuters and others who regularly use Worthing railway station.
- widened footways around the rail station
- new footway surfaces
- new crossing facilities
- additional seating
- way-finding information
- improved green spaces using trees and planting.
The improvements will create an attractive and functional area which links to its surroundings, in particular the pedestrian routes between the rail station and the town centre through the Teville Gate redevelopment site and Oxford Road.
It will provide a clear and user-friendly transport interchange with accessible car and taxi pick-up/drop off points, taxi rank and improved bus stops.
An online public exhibition on the railway approach proposals took place between 31 March and 30 April 2021 with several stakeholders’ briefing sessions.
The public engagement has now concluded, and the partnership project team are reviewing feedback and considering comments as part of the next detailed design stage.
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Lancing and Shoreham, development at New Monks Farm and Shoreham Airport
WSCC are making highway junction improvements to the A27 along with essential upgrades to the transport network and implementing priorities in the Adur District Council local plan, working with development partners.
The scheme has secured the development of new homes and new employment floor space. Works are on site and progressing to schedule.
Shoreham harbour regeneration
WSCC, in partnership with ADC, Shoreham Port Authority and Brighton & Hove City Council have adopted a Joint Area Action Plan (October 2019).
WSCC and ADC are working with developers to provide flood protection measures, sustainable transport options and business units on the Western Harbour arm and over 1,000 new homes.
Pond Road, Shoreham
One Public Estate partners are looking at options for developing the jointly owned site at Pond Road. WSCC, working with ADC and NHS partners are working up plans to incorporate community and health services within a hub and to release land for new homes.
WSCC demolished Burrscroft, a redundant building closed for over a decade, to help make way for a potential mixed-use development scheme to enhance the local conservation area.