Issue details

Chichester Southern Gateway Development Partner OKD30 19/20

The Chichester Growth Deal identifies a set of shared priorities between WSCC and Chichester District Council (CDC) to support economic growth within the city of Chichester.  This includes a commitment to the Southern Gateway as identified in the Southern Gateway Masterplan (2017) which includes the development of land currently owned by the County Council at the former Year 7 building and the current all-weather hockey pitch at Chichester High School.  The Southern Gateway Masterplan was adopted by Chichester District Council in 2017 as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).


WSCC and CDC have worked in partnership as strategic land-owners to promote the effective implementation of the Southern Gateway and to bring forward sites within their respective ownership collaboratively in order to deliver the opportunities identified in the adopted SPD. 


The two authorities entered into a Collaboration Agreement on 1st May 2019 re-enforcing the commitment to the MasterPlan objectives and supporting the strategy to secure a Development Partner, led by CDC, including the methodology and criteria for inclusion of the WSCC land within the principles of a draft Development Agreement.


In May 2019 CDC commenced an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement process to select a Development Partner for the Southern Gateway.  In June 2019, a WSCC Leader Decision (reference LDR01 (19.20)) enabled WSCC to join the procurement process and, provided WSCC consideration in relation to valuation of its land along with other key identified evaluation criteria can be met by the successful bidder


Four bids were taken into the initial tender stage.  Following evaluation and dialogue, two bids were taken to detailed submission and final bids.  The submissions detail each bidder’s approach to the delivery of Southern Gateway.  The subsequent evaluation assesses the quality and financial elements of the bids against criteria established for the procurement process for the identification of a preferred bidder.


This report (restricted to members only) details the procurement process and the outcomes of the evaluation of the final bids in reference to the quality and financial evaluation criteria established for the project.  Subsequent to the outcomes of the procurement process and evaluation criteria, this report makes recommendations for the appointment of the preferred bidder as a Development Partner and explains the next steps which should lead to the signing of a Development Agreement. for the delivery of Southern Gateway.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Chichester South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: December 2019 by Acting Executive Director Place Services

Lead member: Steve Read, Assistant Director (Environment and Public Protection)

Lead director: Steve Read

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 Acting Chief Executive via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Cabinet Member for Economy and Corporate Resources, Local Members and the Chichester Growth Board.

Democratic Services Contact: Suzannah Hill Tel: 033022 22551

Background3: A Prosperous Place


Background papers

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