Adur and Worthing Growth Deal

This programme will unlock opportunities for new homes and employment in the Adur and Worthing regions.

1 Overview

The Adur and Worthing Growth Deal is an ambitious programme of regeneration focusing on key priority projects across the area.

Find out more about the Adur and Worthing Growth Deal (PDF, 5.8MB)

West Sussex County Council (WSCC), Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are working in partnership to deliver these large scale projects that will provide opportunities for new housing and employment in the area. The overall aim of the growth programme is to maximise economic growth and prosperity in the region.

2 Priorities

Decoy Farm

Providing better transport access measures and promoting the creation of employment floor space at this environmentally challenging site will support regeneration in Worthing town and Shoreham Harbour.

New Monks Farm and Shoreham Airport

Supporting a new access on the A27 and wider transport mitigation measures, and securing a solution to primary school provision associated with the site development proposal, will help us build new homes and commercial floor space, and improve the transport network.

Shoreham Harbour regeneration

Supporting the provision of flood protection measures, transport mitigation measures and a new primary school site will help us secure new homes and create modern employment floor space on the Western Harbour arm.

Worthing town centre

Bringing together six key redevelopment areas in the town through a series of associated public realm improvements and investment will help us build new homes and encourage commercial, leisure and retail development at:

  • Teville Gate
  • Union Place
  • Grafton
  • Stagecoach
  • Aquarena
  • Civic sites.

Pond Road, Shoreham

Through One Public Estate West Sussex County Council and the District Council are looking at development to incorporate a new library, health centre and housing.

Centenary House, Durrington

Through One Public Estate West Sussex County Council and the District Council are also looking at development for Centenary House, Durrington to deliver efficient integrated services through  a shared use site.

3 Worthing 'public realm' improvements

As part of the priority to regenerate Worthing town, the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) Growth Team has worked in partnership with colleagues from Worthing Borough Council (WBC) to review and assess options for 'public realm' improvements to support revival of the town centre economy. Our aim is to improve the quality of connections between the train station, the seafront and the key redevelopment sites.

During 2017, WSCC commissioned a Worthing Public Realm Options Appraisal Study (OAS) to look at suitable materials and create initial designs for potential options. Early versions of illustrative plans were publicly exhibited in Worthing Library (January 2018). Feedback from workshops and discussions with council members and key stakeholders was used to identify areas for further investigation.

The Worthing Public Realm Improvement (WPRI) programme provides a significant opportunity to design people centred urban spaces with multiple social and economic benefits including:

  • creation of quality landscapes at destination and arrival points
  • making great gateways with clear routes and desirable spaces
  • improving the safety of the public realm, inclusive and safe spaces
  • supporting sustainable travel building healthy and attractive environment
  • building strong local support by listening to key stakeholders and partners.

A Leader Decision (LDR01 2018/19) in May 2018, by the West Sussex County Council Leader, approved a £5m capital allocation to develop a programme of Worthing Public Realm Improvements (WPRI), as part of the Adur and Worthing Growth Deal. The decision allocated £400k towards capital design fees for the first phase, including the Portland Road project, and delegated programme delivery to the Executive Director of Economy Infrastructure and Environment (now Place).

Portland Road project remains the partnership’s top priority and WSCC proposes that £3m is allocated from the capital programme to enable WBC to lead the delivery of an agreed public realm scheme and support the costs of final design and improvement work.

The partnership team continue to investigate options for reviving town centre sites, applying lessons learnt from design and implementation to date, assessing economic benefits of scheme and regeneration linked to new development when considering the next phase of the programme.

Last updated:
8 June 2020
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