Last updated:
14 December 2017

Transforming public buildings and land (One Public Estate)

How we and our partners are developing our land and buildings.

1 What is One Public Estate?

One Public Estate (OPE) is a national programme, jointly managed by Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association, that brings public sector organisations together. By working in partnership we can look at how we can use our land and buildings collaboratively to:

  • improve public services to residents, visitors, employees and businesses in the county
  • rationalise the public estate so there is a reduction in the amount of money we spend on buildings
  • free up much needed land for the development of housing, commercial and employment space
  • support local economic growth
  • generate capital receipts and income.

OPE supports the delivery of a range of countywide and national priorities, including Growth Deals and blue-light (emergency services) collaboration. Find further information on the national programme.

2 Projects

In January 2017 the One Public Estate West Sussex Partnership joined the national OPE programme. We have been awarded revenue support grant funding of £350,000 to enable feasibility work to take place across five projects:

  • Burgess Hill: development of The Brow
  • Chichester: regeneration programme of Southern Gateway
  • Crawley: regeneration of College Way, Telford Place, County Buildings and the library
  • Shoreham: redevelopment of a vacant care home, health centre and library at Pond Road
  • Worthing: redevelopment of Centenary House, Durrington Lane.

A further application to central government was submitted in November 2017 to expand the programme in West Sussex and we were successful in securing additional funding to support two linked projects in Horsham:

  • creation of a combined blue-light operational and training centre
  • regeneration scheme of Hurst Road.

Partners are working together to progress further schemes, including the creation of a new tri-service 'blue-light' centre at East Street and redevelopment of the fire station, library, Baptist church, health centre and former hospital sites at Maltravers/Fitzalan Roads in Littlehampton.

We are also expanding the Crawley Town Centre Regeneration Project through the inclusion of additional sites such as Crawley College and Crawley fire station.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are involved in a number of these projects and you can find further information on the next section. We will continue to work across the partnership to identify other potential project opportunities in the county.

Next steps

We will continue to develop the projects and identify and quantify the benefits.

We will also continue to engage all interested parties in progress on the schemes and will keep updating this section with key information and contacts.

3 West Sussex Fire & Rescue

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) has 25 fire station sites across the county. The One Public Estate (OPE) programme provides an opportunity to deliver emergency services facilities in new, modern buildings for WSFRS, alongside the police and ambulance service.

The fire service elements of OPE will also help enable other projects by freeing up strategic sites that will allow partner organisations to deliver regeneration and housing, and to create new jobs.

  • Horsham: a feasibility study has been carried out for a new emergency services operational and training centre in the Broadbridge Heath area. This supports Horsham District Council's ambitions to regenerate the Hurst Road area if existing bases there are released.
  • Littlehampton: feasibility work has been carried out to look at moving WSFRS to a new site in East Street, where the ambulance service and Sussex police are already based. This would support regeneration plans for the Maltravers Road area, where the fire station is currently based.
  • Crawley: redeveloping the existing WSFRS site in Ifield Avenue will provide a new, larger, modern fire station, with either housing or commercial space above.

The Horsham scheme has been awarded grant funding by Central Government to support project development.

Other key WSFRS projects include:

  • Drayton Depot: a combined highways, transport and emergency services facility. This would provide fleet maintenance facilities for WSCC, as well as three fire and rescue services (West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey) Surrey Police and Sussex Police and the ambulance service. Full feasibility, viability and designs will start early in 2018 with a view to work starting on site early in 2019.
  • The Brow, Burgess Hill: relocating the existing fire, police and ambulance stations will allow Mid Sussex District Council to redevelop the area with new housing and a new health centre. All three emergency services are looking to develop a new shared centre on one of the existing blue-light sites. Consultants are currently being procured to undertake feasibility work for this.
  • Worthing: redeveloping the Centenary House site could offer an opportunity to relocate the existing Worthing Fire Station to a combined blue-light centre there. 

All of these proposed WSFRS projects are at an early stage and any fire station relocation will be subject to public consultation. These will include:

  • an assessment of community risks
  • the effect on WSFRS emergency response standards
  • the impact on retained firefighters, who must live or work close to the fire station when on call.

All opportunities to renew the WSFRS estate are being considered in the context of the statutory duty to collaborate with other blue-light services. We are working in partnership with them to explore how OPE projects could support this priority.

4 Partners

One Public Estate (OPE) is about working with partners to improve how we all deliver services to the public. A total of 18 organisations originally committed to joining the OPE West Sussex Partnership. Since then the partnership has grown, with a total of 22 organisations now involved.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the lead authority for the partnership, and our partners are:

  • Adur District Council
  • Arun District Council
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Chichester College Group
  • Chichester District Council
  • Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Community Health Partnerships
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Horsham District Council
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • NHS Property Services
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Police
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • Worthing Borough Council.

5 Further information

For more information about the programme please contact us:

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