Leading councillors at Chichester District Council have recommended that a major project which aims to regenerate the southern area of Chichester be approved later this month.
The council’s Cabinet also considered and recommended the implementation plan for approval. This sets out how the project will be funded and provides a timeline for project completion.
Full Council will make the final decision on both the masterplan and the implementation plan when it meets on Wednesday 21 November. If approved, then the Southern Gateway Masterplan will become a Supplementary Planning Document.
The masterplan aims to:
- deliver new homes
- business space
- leisure and tourism facilities
- improve transport links with more emphasis on cycling, walking and public transport
- regenerate the cityscape area
- improve the area’s appearance
Several sites make up the masterplan area: the bus station and garage; Basin Road car park; the law courts, Chichester Police Station and former Kinghsam Primary school and the Royal Mail depot buildings.
A public consultation took place from June to August this year which proposed possible uses for the area, plus two traffic options.
As a result of the consultation, a number of changes to the masterplan have been recommended to councillors.
- Selecting traffic option A. This would introduce a bus gate across Stockbridge Road to limit vehicle access and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians. Basin Road would also be realigned to create a new junction on Stockbridge Road. The Southgate Gyratory would be modified to reduce the width and number of lanes in order to improve pedestrian access.
- Not including the buildings on the north of Avenue de Chartres in the masterplan.
- Including information about how open space will be provided.
To see the council report and associated documents go to www.chichester.gov.uk/committees