News & Events

November 2020

Approval for regeneration of Worthing town centre site

Vectos has helped LCR with approval of its ambitious plans to regenerate Worthing’s town centre with the provision of nearly 170 homes, commercial space and a hotel on a brownfield site. The development will be laid out in a series of even blocks of between four to six storeys with a 14 storey tower at its heart. Also included in the proposal is replacement public car parking, high-quality public spaces, a cinema extension, flexible cultural space and a new play area.

We have been working to help government placemaking and sustainable regeneration specialist LCR bring Union Place back into use. The 1.1 hectare site, which includes the former police station, has sat largely unused for more than a decade after private companies failed to bring forward viable schemes.

Leaders welcomed the decision, noting the development supports the overall town centre renewal programme and, when complete, would make a significant contribution to long-term economic sustainability of Worthing post-COVID.

Vectos Project Director Stephen Eyton said he is delighted to have helped LCR gain planning permission for the scheme that is set to deliver vital new homes, jobs and public value for Worthing.

“Our aim was to maximise the active and public transport opportunities that come from being in the town centre. By limiting car parking and introducing car club spaces, by providing walking routes through the site and connectivity to exiting and planned cycle routes, along with excellent cycle parking facilities, it is possible to create a community of people whose place of business and residence is not dominated by the car.”

The redevelopment of Union Place is one part of the Councils’ ambitious direction of travel Platforms for Our Places: Going FurtherThis scheme also supports the Council’s ‘And Then…’ ambitions to create a vibrant mix of high-quality housing, cultural and commercial premises in the town centre post-COVID.