Growing Places Fund Projects

The following is a projects identified by SELEP Federated Boards as meeting the GPF eligibility criteria and aligning with the following five themes:

  • Employment and Skills
  • Job creation and Enterprise Zones
  • Homes, Communities and Culture
  • Strategic Connectivity
  • SELEP Sector Group Activities (including Transport & Strategic Infrastructure, Coastal Communities, Creative, Growth Hub, Housing, Rural, Skills ( Further Education and Higher Education) and Tourism.
Growing Places Fund Projects
Name Description Allocation (£000) Project Cost (£000) Business case
Priory Quarter Phase 3 To provide 2,323m2 (25,000sq ft) of high quality office premises at Priory Quarter in Hastings town centre to meet the needs of expressed private sector employer interest wishing to expand their operation in the town with the potential to create over 400 jobs. £7,000 £7,500
North Queensway To construct a new junction and preliminary site infrastructure to open up the development of a new business park providing serviced development sites with the capacity for circa 16,000m2 (gross) of high quality industrial and office premises. £1,500 £32,000
Rochester Riverside The project will deliver key Infrastructure investment including the Construction of the next phase of the principle access road, public space and site gateways to enable the construction of 1,926 Homes, 7,800 sqm or retail and food and drink space (Class A1 &A3) and 34,600 sqm of commercial floor space £4,410 £7,110
Chatham Waterfront This scheme delivers public realm and accessibility improvements on an important gateway into a regional business centre. The scheme improves the links between Chatham railway station and Chatham centre and waterfront area, resulting in improved access from the station to large areas of employment, retail and education in the town centre and beyond, particularly for people with mobility difficulties. It will also provide an attractive gateway to the regional centre of Medway for visitors, employees, students (circa 10,000 between 5 HE and FE providers) and residents, and enable the growth of a night time economy. . £2,999 £28,574
Parkside Office Village Initial phase of business space targeting SMEs as part of a 42 acre business and R&D park on the University of Essex campus in Colchester. £3,250 £3,200
Chelmsford Urban Expansion The early phase of development in NE Chelmsford involves heavy infrastructure demands constrained to 1000 completed dwellings. The fund will help deliver an improvement to the Boreham Interchange, allowing the threshold to be raised to 1350, improving cash flow and the simultaneous commencement of two major housing schemes. £1,000 £1,000
Sovereign Harbour A scheme to enable take-up of individual sites within multi-occupancy Innovation parks (the “last 100 metres”). Sea Change Sussex has aquired the 3 sites of North Queensway Innovation Park (NQIP), Bexhill Enterprise Park (BEP) and Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park (SHIP) to unlock their potential. The investment sought is low, the minimum to ensure that individual developments can connect to general infrastructure. This will facilitate the development of employment sites on land designated for employment, benefitting from planning permissions. £4,600 £6,00
Harlow West Essex To provide new and improved access to the two sites designated within the Harlow Enterprise Zone. £3,500 £3,550
Live Margate A self sustaining cycle of investment and re-investment that will regenerate the housing market in Margate through the redevelopment of existing homes dominated by poor quality, multi occupied, poorly managed private rented homes and replacing it with a quality balanced mixed tenure offer. £5,000 £31,500
Colchester Northern Gateway The proposed scheme forms part of the overall Colchester Northern Gateway (CNG) Vision which is to create a high quality, highly sustainable housing, employment, and leisure destination at one of the primary gateways to the town centre and this has been reflected by the areas designation in the draft Local Plan as a primary economic and growth area. £2,000 - SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case
Charleston Centenary The Charleston Trust requires a loan of £120,000 from the SELEP GPF to create a café-restaurant in the Threshing Barn on the farmhouse’s estate. This work is part of a wider £7.6m multi-year scheme –the Centenary Project – which aims to transform the operations of the Charleston farmhouse museum. £120,000 £7.6m SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case
Eastbourne Fisherman This capital project has secured £1,000,000 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) grant funding to build a Fishermen’s Quay in Sovereign Harbour to develop local seafood processing sustainable fisheries and the economic inshore fishing fleet. £1,150 - SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case
No Use Empty Commerciall Kent County Council is seeking £1M GPF funds for the NUE Commercial project, which will run alongside the established NUE initiative. The project aims to return long-term empty commercial properties to use, for residential, alternative commercial or mixed-use purposes. In particular, it will focus on town centres (particularly in coastal areas of Kent), where secondary retail and other commercial areas have been significantly impacted by changing consumer demand and have often been neglected as a result of larger regeneration schemes. £1m - SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case
Centre for Advanced Engineering (CAE) The CAE centre is at the core of the College’s curriculum and estates plans moving forward.The CAE centre is the first and critical project in a suite of three developments facilitated through the College disposing of its existing Basildon (Nethermayne) campus, in partnership with wider Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) land to Redrow Homes PLC. £2,000,000 (Two million pounds) is sought to be used as part of the acquisition and fit out costs for the new site, £12,005,400. £1,150 - SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case
Fitted Rigging House The Fitted rigging House Project (FRH) converts a large, Grade 1, former industrial building into office and public benefit spaces initially providing a base for 3 organisations employing over 350 people and freeing up space to create a postgraduate study facility elsewhere onsite for the University of Kent’s Business School. £800 £8.4 SELEP Downloadable DocumentBusiness Case