Public Realm

What is the public realm?

The public realm is made up of streets and spaces that can be freely accessed by the public. It encompasses streets, parks, squares, pedestrian and cycle routes as a network of interconnected spaces. Good quality public realm is essential in creating environments that people want to live and work in.

Working with partners, a number of projects have been delivered that have positively contributed to the development of the area, including:

  • Queensway and Queensway Parade, Lancing
  • East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Ferry Road Beach Gateway, Shoreham-by-Sea

Other projects have focused on public realm improvements that reinforce the image and identity of different areas of the District and Borough. One example is the installation of a village sign in Broadwater. This sign marked the centre of Broadwater and celebrated the historical culture of the local area. Tanya Milne, a student at Northbrook College, created the design which was then hand-crafted by Kyle Swann, a local Sussex blacksmith, and erected on the grass verge outside Cricketers Parade.

The work of the Councils, working with partners (such as West Sussex County Council), aims to provide a coordinated approach to the design of public realm in our town centres.

Overview of the projects that are planned in Worthing

Public Realm Improvements Package: identifying a series of public realm improvements to Worthing town centre over the next 5 to 10 years that will “support town centre regeneration and deliver growth.” Working in direct partnership with West Sussex County Council (the Adur & Worthing Growth Programme), information and updates include:

  • PDF FileWorthing Public Realm Options Appraisal Study (22,219KB)
  • Note: this is an 80-page document, most pages are A4, but some are A2 or A1. The PDF may load on screen fitted to your screen width based on the widest page, this means page 1 may appear as a 'thumbnail' so you will have to zoom into the document to read it.

Live projects

Current live projects:

Reference documents

A number of guidance documents have been produced to support the development of our 'spaces' - these are highlighted below:

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Page last updated: 29 November 2023

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