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English Partnerships - New homes planned for former barracks in Chichester

The former Roussillon Barracks in Chichester has been ear marked for a new community following its sale to national regeneration agency English Partnerships by Defence Estates. The site will form part of a comprehensive regeneration programme of surplus government land along with the adjacent Graylingwell hospital site that is also being redeveloped by English Partnerships.
Located close to the famous festival theatre to the north of Chichester, Roussillon Barracks was until recently the home of the Royal Military Police. The purchase of the site will now unlock some 7 hectares (ha) of surplus public sector land of which up to 5ha has been earmarked for development to ease the obvious shortage of supply of affordable housing stock in the local area.
David Ashworth, English Partnerships’ Area Director for the South East, comments: “Roussillon Barracks offers an opportunity to redevelop a redundant brownfield site and provide high quality housing and a sustainable new community close to Chichester city centre.
“English Partnerships has been working very closely with the district council and the people of Chichester with relation to Graylingwell and we look forward to doing the same with Roussillon. Our plans are at a very early stage but I can say that Roussillon will remain a distinct site in its own right. However, we are committed to a synchronised delivery of the two sites to ensure that we do not overload the market. We will also work with all the stakeholders in the project to ensure there is a continuity of design and community provision across the two sites and that sustainability and public transport plans are co-ordinated across both.”
English Partnerships has acquired the site from Defence Estates as part of a national strategy to increase and improve the use of surplus public sector land and to support the government’s growth agenda for the South. Roussillon Barracks was declared surplus to requirements by the Ministry of Defence and put on the Register of Surplus Sector Land in November 2006. Defence Estates will remain an active stakeholder in the future disposal of the site.
English Partnerships and Chichester District Council will now begin to draw up a detailed development brief for the site that will act as a design and sustainability blueprint for any future development partner to follow.
Roussillon Barracks sits adjacent to the 36ha former Graylingwell Hospital site which English Partnerships is developing in partnership with house builders Galliford Try and Affinity Sutton. Graylingwell will provide c.800 homes of which 40 per cent will be affordable, helping to meet local housing needs. The developers will also renovate and preserve key existing former hospital buildings including a Grade II Listed farmhouse and a chapel dating from around 1890, along with retaining many of the existing landscapes and mature specimen trees. Plans for Graylingwell also include 4645 sq m of commercial and community facilities, including a theatre, artists’ studio, gallery, offices and a restaurant.


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