Worthing is to benefit from a £90,000 investment as part of a five-year project expected to unlock £2billion in land assets in the region.
The money will be used to fund a new ‘Civic Healthcare Hub’ in the town centre.
Public property valued at over £2billion is set to be unlocked in the next five years throughout the Greater Brighton City Region, creating the potential for over 1,300 new jobs and over 1,200 new homes over the next 10 years, a spokesperson for Adur and Worthing councils announced this week.
The £597,000 investment laying the groundwork to make this a reality comes from the Government’s One Public Estate programme - an innovation in encouraging collaboration between land owning public sector bodies.
The Worthing Civic Centre is currently used for surface council car parking.
The proposals would see a new integrated primary and community care hub built at the site, aiming to transform the delivery of non-acute healthcare in the town.
The new centre would allow four existing doctors surgeries to move to a more central location and enable greater cooperation between Adur and Worthing’s Wellbeing teams.
Councillor Daniel Humphreys, chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board and leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“I am very pleased to see our case for investment has been backed by the Government. In thinking innovatively about land and property, and by working in true partnership, we are looking at building new homes, new workspaces and community facilities, stimulating our City Region economy and supporting our growing population.
“As Leader of Worthing Borough Council, I am delighted to see the vote of confidence in our plan to create a Civic Healthcare Hub in the heart of the town, a move which will provide new opportunities for accommodation, positively and permanently transforming the health, wellbeing and housing opportunities in the heart of Worthing,” he added.
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