Adur and Worthing Growth Deal

This programme of regeneration projects funded by partners will unlock opportunities for new homes and employment in Adur and Worthing.

1 Overview

The Adur and Worthing Growth Deal was signed in March 2017 as an ambitious partnership programme of regeneration focusing on key priority projects across the area. The Growth deal between West Sussex County Council and Adur District Council (ADC) and Worthing Borough Council (WBC) focuses on specific priority projects to bring local improvements and growth for residents, businesses and visitors.

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 sustainable transport connections and environmental improvements to the quality of the public areas in town centres.

2 Priorities

Decoy Farm

Worthing Borough Council (WBC) has carried out the remediation of old landfill sites adjacent to Viridor waste recycling centre, supported by WSCC and significant Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) funding up to £4.8m. Master-planning and new infrastructure to enable the development of new employment units.

There has been positive market interest in the new business park extension, providing options for expanding enterprises and existing companies looking for new premises.

Find information on the latest updates at Decoy Farm.

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 Adur District Council (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.

Worthing town centre

Bringing together six key redevelopment areas in the town through a series of associated public realm improvements. Investment partners are building new homes, providing commercial, leisure and retail space at:

  • Teville Gate - Partnership funded regeneration enabled the development of a new HMRC office next to public realm improvements planned at Railway Approach, around Worthing Station gateway. WBC is working with Vivid Homes on plans for the next phase of development involving a major mixed-use residential led scheme.
  • Aquarena - New residential development of 141 homes on the seafront.
  • Civic sites - Worthing Integrated Healthcare Centre is planned to be built on a WBC 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 to improve digital connectivity for residents, businesses and services within the area.

Pond Road, Shoreham

One Public Estate is supporting partners looking at options for developing the jointly owned site at Pond Road. West Sussex County Council (WSCC), working with Adur District Council and NHS partners are working up plans to incorporate community and health services within hubs and to build homes.

WSCC demolished Burrscroft, a redundant building closed for over a decade, to help make way for a mixed use development scheme to enhance the local conservation area. The partnership project team are assessing an option for a future hub building that combines health and library services.

Centenary House, Durrington

WSCC and Sussex Police are considering options for their shared site at Centenary House to deliver more efficient integrated services through modern facilities and release of land for new homes. They have reviewed their requirements due to the impact of the pandemic and are working on an agreed plan of action.

3 Worthing 'public realm' improvements

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has worked 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 partnerships’ aim is to improve the quality of connections between the train station, the seafront and the key redevelopment sites.

The Worthing Public Realm Improvement (WPRI) programme provides a significant opportunity to:

  • create quality landscapes at destination and arrival points
  • make great gateways with clear routes and desirable spaces
  • improve the safety of the public realm, inclusive and safe spaces
  • support sustainable travel, healthy and attractive environments
  • listen to key stakeholders to build upon strong local support.

A Leader Decision (LDR01 2018/19) in May 2018, by the West Sussex County Council Leader, approved a £5m capital allocation to develop a WPRI programme and delegated the Executive Director of Place to take forward Portland Road and the next priority project.

The Portland Road redesign will 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 up to £3m from the capital programme to enable Worthing Borough Council (WBC) to lead the local delivery of the Portland Road Project. WBC plans to start on site in Spring 2021 and aims to complete construction of the scheme by the end of 2021.

Railway Approach was agreed by WBC partners as the next priority phase of Worthing Public Realm Improvements (WPRI) programme. The WSSC project team are developing preliminary designs, using funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with online public engagement in spring 2021. The scheme will create a station gateway and sustainable transport interchange, and support town centre growth and economy.

Partnership investment in Portland Road improvements and Railway Approach 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.

The WPRI Project Board are looking at future phase(s), exploring options and funding opportunities to take forward, assessing economic and community benefits of each new scheme.

4 Worthing Railway Approach

(Position at March 2021)

Background

West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council 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.

Proposed scheme

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.

This includes:

  • widened footways around the rail station
  • new footway surfaces
  • new crossing facilities
  • additional seating
  • way-finding information
  • improved green spaces using trees and planting.

Benefits

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.

Public engagement

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.

Supporting information

Last updated:
2 September 2021
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