Last updated:
19 December 2017

Working with district and borough councils (Growth Deals)

How we are working closely with local councils to promote economic growth.

1 What are Growth Deals?

Five-year, tailor-made 'Growth Deals' are partnership pledges that have been made between the district and borough councils and the County Council.

Each identifies specific priority projects to bring local improvements for West Sussex residents, businesses and visitors that:

  • are delivered as part of a partnership approach between the public and private sector
  • promote local economic growth, including new homes and new jobs
  • attract and bring together investment
  • provide a clear set of formal working principles for how we will work together.

Deals have already been agreed for:

  • Adur and Worthing
  • Burgess Hill
  • Crawley.

We are also exploring growth deals for other areas of the county.

2 Adur and Worthing

The Adur and Worthing Growth Programme will grow and regenerate the region, unlocking opportunities for new homes and employment.

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 (Teville Gate, Union Place, Grafton, Stagecoach, Aquarena and Civic sites) through a series of associated public realm improvements and investment will help us build new homes and encourage commercial, leisure and retail development.

Worthing Public Realm improvements

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

During 2017, the County Council commissioned a Worthing Public Realm Options Appraisal Study (OAS) to produce some initial design options and a proposed materials palette. These options were discussed with council members and key stakeholders in a series of workshops in September and October and presented in public at the Worthing County Local Committee on 8 November.

The feedback from these workshops has helped to finalise the OAS Report below and identified areas for further investigation and work as the options are developed further.

The OAS report plans will be on display in Worthing Library from 2-12 January 2018. A drop-in session is also planned for 5 January 2018 between 1.00pm and 6.00pm, where members of the public will be able to ask questions and comment on these initial concepts.

Following this, we will begin to develop the plans with the intention of undertaking a full public consultation on the preferred option later in 2018.

Additional information

3 Burgess Hill

The Burgess Hill programme will see significant investment in the town, with a total of around 5,000 new homes and two new business parks.

It includes:

  • regeneration of the town centre with the New River Retail development providing new homes, jobs, a library, a multiplex cinema, a hotel and family restaurants
  • in excess of 3,000 homes and significant employment space at the Northern Arc by 2030, with key infrastructure including schools, roads, community facilities and public transport
  • establishing a Science Park, creating 4,000 new jobs.
Find out more (external link)

4 Crawley

The Crawley Growth Programme is the delivery arm of the Crawley Growth Deal - a critical mass of public and private funds aligned to maximise long-term growth benefits. This programme will ensure key infrastructure is in place, making it possible for growth to be maximised.

The programme will:

  • transform the business and living environment in the town centre and Manor Royal
  • deliver much-needed new Grade A office space
  • unlock private funds for a new Crawley railway station
  • enable 1,000 new town centre homes to be built
  • grow new retail investment
  • improve sustainable transport infrastructure in the town centre, at Manor Royal and at three railway stations.

The total programme will see more than £60m invested to support growth in Crawley.

Partners

The programme is a partnership between:

  • West Sussex County Council
  • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Gatwick Airport Ltd
  • Manor Royal
  • Metrobus.

Specific projects

  • Bus shelters and superhubs
  • Electronic (real-time) bus stop information
  • Gatwick roadworks
  • Gatwick Station
  • Haslett Avenue, Three Bridges
  • Intelligent mobility platform
  • London Road and County Oak Way
  • Manor Royal business improvements and Business Rangers Service
  • Outdoor media signs
  • Queens Square
  • Queensway
  • Station Gateway
  • Walking and cycling improvements
  • Worth Park Avenue
  • Town centre regeneration sites (via One Public Estate)
  • Three Bridges Station.

See also:

5 Other growth deals in progress

There are a number of other Growth Deals for the county that are in the process of being drafted and agreed. These are for:

  • Arun
  • Chichester
  • Horsham.

We will add information on these deals as and when we have any updates.

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