Teville Gate: the Worthing site’s sorry saga spanning decades

The latest chapter in the Teville Gate development was revealed this week after a planning application was submitted for the site’s regeneration.

New designs for Teville Gate / Station Square Worthing. SUS-170311-191558001
New designs for Teville Gate / Station Square Worthing. SUS-170311-191558001

In this special picture article, we take a look at the site’s complex history over the last two decades. Click here for the latest.

Worthing residents were not always worried about Teville Gate. This watercolour, dated 1805-1810, depicts a turnpike gate at the junction of Broadwater Road and Teville Road in the vicinity of the site
200+ years later: Farrho Developments' 1998 scheme to demolish the car park in favour of plans which included a cinema was among projects which never happened
Hanson Capital Management's 2006 proposal included a swimming pool complex, cinema, restaurants, shops and 260 flats, among other attractions. According to council records, permission was not finally approved until 2010.
Another view of the initial Hanson scheme. The Herald reported a 'fundamental split between the council's Tory administration and the Lib Dem opposition over the provision of a pool at Teville Gate
Revised plans were unveiled by Hanson in 2010, after it was decided a new pool to replace the Aquarena was to be built on the seafront. Although councillors approved revisions, a legal agreement was never signed
A decision to close Comet in 2012 (pictured in 2009) left just one firm remaining at the increasingly dilapidated site. 'Continued economic turbulence' was blamed for lack of a development
The Herald reported in 2014 that Hanson had lost control of most of the site, with a complex financial background revealed relating to loans tied up with the failed Anglo Irish Bank.
In the same year, fed-up residents gave the site a colourful facelift in an effort to make the site look a little more respectable
The community event attracted people of all ages who got fully stuck in
Less than a year later, Mosaique was revealed as the site's new owner. Despite pledges, no official scheme had come forward by the end of 2018. This was an artist's impression of Mosaique's vision
Residents were growing increasingly frustrated by inaction. Our Lady of Sion student and aspiring architect showed the Herald his own vision for the site, submitted for his design technology final piece
In March last year, Worthing Borough Council began demolishing the multi-storey car park in a bid to help kick-start development. Mayor Alex Harman kicked the process off
The car park was reduced to rubble, alongside other buildings, except Teville Gate House. An exhibition was held on January 30 to document separate plans for the large office block, which remained in Hanson's ownership
An artist's impression of the Teville Gate House replacement, according to exhibition documents
As the end of February neared, Mosaique finally submitted its long-awaited planning application
Plans include 378 homes, 83-bedroom hotel, a supermarket, gym and other space for retail and restaurants.
Aized Sheikh, chief executive of site owners Mosaic, described the submission of plans as a momentous occasion.
The developers have renamed Teville Gate 'Station Square'
The latest view of the site, looking from Chapel Road