Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements


Littlehampton arcade Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements is a £3.5 million regeneration project designed to make the town centre a more attractive place to visit, shop and enjoy for residents and visitors.

“Public Realm” is described as the public spaces between shops and buildings and includes the pedestrianised shopping area, town centre roads, pavements, lighting, public seating, street furniture and trees.

In 2016, the District Council ran a series of public consultation exercises on design proposals for improvements to the main shopping areas.

This included workshop sessions with key stakeholders to identify problem areas, a public exhibition of the draft design plans and materials and a detailed survey of traders to explore their aspirations and hopes for the town centre.

The feedback gained from Town Centre Public Realm Consultation Report 2016.pdf [pdf] 2MB helped shape the final Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements designs which were approved by Arun’s Full Council in 2016.

The Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm improvements comprises of five key phases with a total cost of around £6 million and funding of £3.5 million is now in place to deliver Phases One, Two and Three.

This includes £2.45 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund (confirmed in April 2019), £564,000 from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund (confirmed in October 2019) and £200,000 from both Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council (confirmed in December 2019).

Arun District Council plans to apply for further external funding to complete all phases of Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm as the project progresses.

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Your Questions Answered

We have pulled together a list of Questions and Answers (Q & A) which provides more details about the project and aims to answer any questions you may have about the scheme.

We will continue to update the Q & A document as the project progresses.


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Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvements timeline




Faithful+Gould appointed

to project manage technical team.



2019 2019

Stage 2 CCF bid submitted (Feb) for town centre improvements Phases 1 and 2 (£2.49 million).

Funding bid to Local Growth Fund (July) for Phase 3 (£1.4 million).

Award 41% of request (£564,000).

LTC and ADC both approve (Dec) contribution of £200,000 to enable Phase 3 to go ahead.





Initial funding bid to Coastal Communities Fund (CCF)

for all 5 phases was unsuccessful.





Town Centre Public Realm designs created by LDA and three week public consultation with public, traders and Members involved.

Good support in survey results for improvements.

Arun applied to the Coastal Communities Fund and was invited to submit a 2nd stage application.


2015 2015

Council agreed town centre public realm as priority project from 9 Big Ideas.

Awarded grant for design fees.

Riverside walkway (£2 million) completed.

LDA Design appointed to work up designs for town centre.





9 Big Ideas for Littlehampton:

Public realm linkages between seafront,

riverside and town centre proposed.





Littlehampton 2020 Vision Masterplan.

High quality public realm improvements to feature

throughout vision and focus on improving linkages.