Development sites and opportunities
Arun has a number of development sites and opportunities available. These have been identified as having the potential for development and are in line with the policies of the draft local plan. Some of these are greenfield sites i.e. Enterprise Bognor Regis or are prime locations such as town centre or seafront sites. The council is keen to work with developers to identify opportunities and development proposals that support our policy objectives and progress our regeneration plans for the district.
West Sussex is a unique business location. It has an exceptional blend of innovative national and international companies delivering world-class products and services. It is home to some of the world’s leading companies, including Rolls Royce, Nestle UK, Bowers & Wilkins, Siemens UK, ASB Law, Ricardo, Virgin Atlantic and Unilever. It has excellent road and rail links to London; to international airports at Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton; and to international ports. More than 120,000 of its residents hold a degree or equivalent qualification. Talent from top class local universities are on offer and provide a rich supply of highly skilled workers for businesses. Invest in West Sussex has more information.
Developers charter and employment and skills plans
The Arun Developer and Partner Charter is an informal agreement between developers, education, skills and training providers, as well as local businesses and community groups. It was formed in order to explore and support opportunities arising from new regeneration projects in the district and is set around five main objectives:
- raising average weekly wages in the area, which are currently lower than the county and regional average
- raising educational attainment and skill levels, currently lower than the county and regional average
- improving competitiveness and sustainability of the diverse range of small businesses in the area, which make up more than 80 per cent of the local business community
- exciting residents, visitors and potential investors with the intentions, plans, progress and outcomes of developments
- promoting good work practices in safe, secure and considerate environments
The council is also introducing a supplementary planning document to facilitate the negotiated creation and implementation of Employment and Skills Plans for major developments which will help ensure local people have the best opportunity to access the new jobs being created. Regeneration can bring money and opportunity to an area but it is often companies and services that are not local to the area which benefit.
For more information please contact Miriam Nicholls by email: Miriam.email@example.com or call 01903 737845