Homes England partnership could unlock Teville Gate redevelopment

Released: Tuesday, 05 September 2023

Worthing Borough Council could team up with national housing and regeneration agency Homes England to transform Teville Gate for the community.

In recent months we have been discussing a potential sale with Homes England, and the agency has now confirmed it is willing to seek approval to buy the freehold of the site, subject to due diligence.

The proposal will be discussed by Worthing’s Cabinet on 12 September.

Teville Gate is earmarked for a minimum of 250 homes in our local plan but has been under-used for many years. 

We want the site to be used for both new homes that will be available for local residents to buy and for social housing to help those on Worthing’s register who need somewhere to live. Currently more than 350 local people are having to be housed by us outside the borough because of a lack of accommodation for them.

If the committee supports the idea, we will work with Homes England over the coming months to conclude the sale. Homes England will then work with us to design a scheme and identify a development partner for the project, as well as potential tenants for any planned commercial units on the site.

We will also work with HMRC to find new parking spaces for those who currently use the temporary car park to the north of the Teville Gate site, which will form part of the redevelopment.

A contract for the sale of Teville Gate could be completed by the end of the year.

A key benefit of working with Homes England is the agency's commitment to delivering new homes across a range of ownership types. Homes England has also signalled its commitment to work with us to ensure the new development ties in with our aspirations for active travel and more green spaces.

Cllr Caroline Baxter, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“Teville Gate is a key site in the town for regeneration. It has sat derelict despite multiple historic plans and promises for development.

“It’s vital that we act now to harness the huge potential of the land with an exciting, sustainable vision to benefit the whole community.”

The Council's Cabinet will discuss Teville Gate at its 6.30pm public meeting on Tuesday 12th September at the Shaftesbury Room at Worthing Leisure Centre.

Photo: An aerial view of the Teville Gate site in Worthing

Aerial view of the Teville Gate site in Worthing

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