Petworth Vision was set up to address the aspirations of the residents, businesses and visitors of Petworth.
By harnessing the efforts and skills of townspeople and organisations within the community and building strong public/private sector partnerships, Petworth Vision aims to achieve positive results for the whole community.
The three main areas of our work are as follows.
1. CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE
A great opportunity exists for Petworth to use it’s rich heritage and wonderful buildings to encourage visitors to enjoy the old town with a new experience. The hard part is respecting the old and yet still encouraging an attractive, modern interpretation. Getting this right will go a long way to giving Petworth a successful future.
2. SUPPORTING A VIBRANT RETAIL ECONOMY
The retail offer is dominated by nonessential retail which does not necessarily meet the needs of local residents. The perceived lack of affordable shopping has been raised in the residents’ surveys. To ensure a sustainable and vibrant economy, the town’s businesses need to be careful not to alienate residents and, at the same time, not to compromise on its strengths as having a strong independent sector and a centre with an extremely low vacancy rate.
The administration of any town like Petworth is complex, with a Town, District and County Council each having their own roles and responsibilities. We also have the South Downs National Park Authority with responsibility for planning. There are also partnerships such as Petworth Community Association and Petworth Business Association.
The following document outlines a vision for Petworth Town Centre and details proposals to improve the town centre of Petworth both in terms of how attractive it is to visitors and also how it serves the local community. The projects have been broken down into 3 categories: