To help inform the emerging Worthing Local Plan the Council commissioned consultants to undertake a borough-wide retail and commercial leisure study. The purpose of the study is to provide the Council with an up-to-date understanding of the current health and performance to the borough's retail and leisure offer within the existing network of town centres and set out current and future needs for additional floorspace for the town over the Plan period to 2033. It also provides recommendations regarding the suitability of the Council's existing policy approach in respect of retail and town centre uses.
- Worthing Retail & Town Centre Uses Study - Main Report - Aug 2017 (7,544KB)
- Worthing Retail & Town Centre Uses Study - Executive Summary - Aug 2017 (1,098KB)
- Worthing Retail & Town Centre Uses Study - Plans & Appendices - Aug 2017 (5,013KB)
In 2005, DTZ was commissioned by Arun District Council, Chichester District Council and Worthing Borough Council (hereafter referred to as the Coastal Districts) to prepare a retail study. Amongst other considerations, the 2005 study provided an indication of the likely future capacity and market demand for new retail floorspace and the broad development opportunities in the various local authority areas. This 2010 update study focuses on retailing in Worthing Borough and provides the update of retail capacity within Worthing Borough.
- Retail Study Update 2010 (546KB)
- Retail Study Update 2010 - Appendix 1 - Catchment Plan for Worthing (1,922KB)
- Retail Study Update 2010 - Appendix 2 - Worthing RECAP Model 2010 (152KB)
GVA Grimley was commissioned in May 2009 by Worthing Borough Council to prepare a Retail Study of Worthing town centre. The Borough Council have previously produced a number of reports and studies in order to plan for the future of retailing in the Borough. The study re-examines and advises on the shopping frontages and policy boundaries in Worthing Town Centre, taking into account the current composition of retailing and identified major development sites. It also develops a strategy to support existing retail areas in preparation for the delivery of the new 'Retail Core' and for the creative use of vacant shops during the economic downturn.
This review looks at the existing primary and secondary frontages of an important shopping area in Worthing and assesses whether there is a need to review them. It also looks at vacancy rates, footfall and recommendations for potential street-scene improvements.
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