Being constrained between the sea and the South Down National Park, creating new homes and employment space is increasingly challenging; to balance the environment issues along with enough commercial space to allow businesses to find the space they need to grow and start as well as the housing for people to live in.
Across Coastal West Sussex, developers and land owners are obviously recognising the opportunity and bringing forward new working space: In Shoreham, on the Port, Shoreham Port Authority has just announced construction of the new Lady Bee Enterprise Centre.
In Littlehampton, BizSpace will open its doors today (30th July 2018) to new flexible office space in Littlehampton on the former Body Shop Site whilst in Chichester, Basepoint have opened up a new Enterprise Centre with both office and light industrial space available. And this is just in the last few weeks.
‘Having new office and industrial space to help give businesses the opportunity to grow both start and grow is critical if we are to see our local economy improve’ says Caroline Wood, director of the CWS Partnership.
‘People want to both work and live in the area and these new developments help to support that aspiration’
These flexible office developments are very welcome but one of the areas significant challenges moving forward is ‘move on’ space; that next step to move to bigger facilities which would help businesses grow yet remain in the area remains in short supply.
A small number of strategically important sites including Decoy
Farm in Worthing and the land that forms Enterprise Bognor Regis are still sometime from being developed and so important to support the future economic growth across the area.