New owner announced for Bognor’s Lec Airfield site

Aerial view of Lec in 1982
Aerial view of Lec in 1982
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Lec Airfield had been sold, it has been confirmed today, June 28.

Identified as a ‘strategic employment site’ by Arun District Council, the 45.6 acres has been named as four key areas to help Enterprise Bognor Regis.

A Lec magazine from 1984 showing a plane

A Lec magazine from 1984 showing a plane

The long awaited announcement brings to an end a 12 year journey, since Sime Darby London Limited (SDLL) purchased the land in 2004, and shows promise of being a step forward for the scheme.

BR Aviation Limited, a Felpham registered company, revealed it is ‘delighted’ to have acquired the land which is located one mile north of the town and to the east of the Barnham branch railway line.

A spokesman said: “We would like to continue the dialogue that SDLL had with Arun District Council and key local stakeholders with a view to progressing the Enterprise Bognor Regis scheme through the Local Plan process.

“We would also like to see whether the site can be put to beneficial use in the short term.”

Lec Refrigeration, once the biggest business in Bognor Regis, laid out the grass airfield on fields behind its factory in 1946, so it could operate light aircraft to visit overseas agents and customers.

The land, now outlined for ‘mixed employment use’, is included in the draft Arun Local Plan as Enterprise Bognor Regis.

For more on the story, see this weeks Observer.

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