A major project which aims to regenerate the southern area of Chichester will be debated by leading councillors at Chichester District Council on Tuesday 7 November.
Councillors will be asked to decide on whether to recommend the adoption of the Southern Gateway Masterplan as a Supplementary Planning Document to the Full Council meeting on 21 November. 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; and
- improve the area’s appearance.
If the masterplan is adopted, councillors will also be asked to approve the implementation plan which sets out how the project will be funded and a timeline for project completion.
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.
Councillors have also asked if the masterplan can take account of accessibility requirements for people with mobility issues; that the design and layout of buildings creates a sense of arrival for those arriving to the city by rail or road and provide clarification on the issues of open space and affordable housing.
“We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to take part in the public consultation over the summer,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. “If Cabinet decides to recommend the masterplan then we will also be asked to approve the implementation plan for the project. A final decision will be made by Full Council on 21 November.”
To see the council report and associated documents go to www.chichester.gov.uk/committees