Issue details

Chichester Southern Gateway

The Chichester Growth Deal defines joint growth priorities for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Chichester District Council (CDC) including the delivery of housing, employment space, improved connectivity and improved public realm as identified in the Adopted Southern Gateway Masterplan.  The Southern Gateway Masterplan includes the development of WSCC land at the former Year 7 Block and the current all-weather hockey pitch at Chichester High School.


A Collaboration Agreement between WSCC and CDC commits each authority to the MasterPlan objectives and supports the procurement process to appoint a Development Partner. CDC published an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement notice in April 2019.  Subject to this Leader decision, WSCC will enter the procurement process in June 2019 prior to the assessment of bids.


Should WSCC, through this decision, agree to join the procurement process and through that procurement process a development partner demonstrates that the WSCC valuation of its land and other key identified evaluation criteria can be met, WSCC would be committed to the appointment of a development partner and completion of a Development Agreement.  The outcome of the procurement process will be the subject of a further decision report later in the year.


An agreement is in place with CDC to secure Local Growth Funds (LGF), held by CDC, to progress the demolition of the Year 7 Block and relocation of the hockey pitch.  The agreement has secured the transfer of £485k to WSCC for the demolition work and potential transfer of a further £1.5m of LGF for the relocation of the hockey pitch, subject to contractual agreement with the Chichester High School. 


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Chichester South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/05/2019

Decision due: June 2019 by Leader

Lead member: Councillor Louise Goldsmith

Contact: Paul Jackson-Cole, Growth Programme Delivery Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 25445.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director of Place Services via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Local Members and the Chichester Growth Board.

Democratic Services Contact: Monique Smart Tel: 033 022 22540

Background3: A Prosperous Place


Background papers

  • WSCC / CDC Collaboration Agreement  
  • WSCC / CDC – LEP funding Agreement