Regeneration in Littlehampton


Littlehampton Regeneration

Recent major regeneration projects such as the East Bank redevelopment at Littlehampton harbour have had a transformational effect on this quintessential English seaside town. The true assets of the town, Blue Flag beach, functioning harbour and busy town centre are apparent to all. The potential for business growth and relocation are also evident. Future property development opportunities are being brought forward and the town has a clear vision for how it wants to improve and the changes that need to be made.

Littlehampton town centre management

The vision for Littlehampton town centre is to increase its vitality and viability as a place to visit, shop and to do business. Littlehampton has a thriving town centre with a wide range of independent, national and family run businesses.

Arun District Council have been working with a landscape consultancy to create detailed public realm designs to enhance Littlehampton Town Centre’s and improve the appeal, connectivity, look and feel.  Following a series of focus group meetings with stakeholders and further public consultation. The Public Realm Design Proposals have now be approved by Full Council, subject to securing external funding to deliver the scheme.

The Council have now submitted an application to the Coastal Communities Fund to try and secure the necessary external funding to help deliver the scheme.

The below images provide an illustration of how the Town centre might look if the Council were to secure external funding.

  littlehampton concept

littlehampton concept


St. Martins car park

The redevelopment of St Martins car park is a unique opportunity to develop a key site in Littlehampton town centre which will deliver retail led mixed use development. The site offers the opportunity to introduce a new vibrancy to the area and benefit the existing High Street. It is situated in the heart of the town within close proximity to the High Street and comprises 0.78 ha (1.9 acres). The site is currently dominated by surface car parking and is within the ownership of Arun District Council. An updated development brief is soon to be completed.


East Bank Tidal Flood Defence Scheme

The Littlehampton East Bank Flood Defence scheme has been a major development for the town, costing in the region of £19 million, that will significantly reduce tidal flood risk. The Environment Agency, in partnership with Arun District Council, has now completed the scheme (April 2015), offering a stunning public realm finish which will significantly support the regeneration of the town. New lighting, seating and bins have been provided, together with improved railings, planting and surface finishes.

The Environment Agency secured Government funding to replace the ageing flood defences between the mouth of the harbour to upstream of the A259 bridge. This new flood defence wall along the riverside will reduce tidal flood risk to more than 1,900 residential and over 500 commercial properties over the next 100 years, allowing for climate change.

Since the new East Bank walkway has been opened, the attractive area has now become very popular with visitors and the local community making the whole waterfront experience more appealing, better linking the town with the existing seafront promenade.



West bank development

West Bank has the potential to provide a significant regeneration scheme on the banks of Littlehampton harbour. Its close proximity to the river and coast gives the opportunity to revitalise the area in a way that complements its surroundings and natural assets. The Council would like to explore ideas for regeneration and develop planning policy that provides landowners and developers with clear guidance. The vision is to create a new quarter that combines, new homes, businesses, recreation, public space, footpaths, innovation, culture and heritage.


Further information

If you would like to learn more about the decision making process, please visit our regeneration sub committee page. Alternatively you can contact


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