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New office block approved in Worthing

Words: Lydia Till
Teville Gate House / Teville Gate House Ltd

Worthing Borough Council has given the go-ahead to a new town centre office block that is expected to provide more than 800 jobs.

The five-storey building would be leased to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), becoming one of its specialist regional hubs, as staff are being relocated from Durrington by 2021.

The multimillion-pound development for Teville Gate House received unanimous approval from the council’s planning committee this week.

Teville Gate House will be situated across from Worthing Train Station on Railway Approach. The proposal will help to redefine the street and form a welcoming entrance to the city for visitors.

Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council‘s executive member for regeneration, said: “The proposal brings major benefits, transforming a prominent vacant site into high-quality space for hundreds of workers. This will boost local business and supports our ongoing work to improve the vitality of Worthing.”

Developer Teville Gate House Ltd’s proposed five-storey building will provide 8,550 square metres of high-quality office space with parking and cycle spaces – more than double the floor space of the former building.

Chairman of the Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee Paul High, commented: “As with any development this size, there were some queries around parking, But the excellent location directly next to the main station, creation of a detailed travel plan and investment in infrastructure will mean that workers will be encouraged to use sustainable methods.”

A separate proposal for the main Teville Gate site has been submitted to the council by its private owners. The application is due to be considered by the planning committee later this year.

Image Credit | Teville Gate House Ltd