Homes plan for Bognor Regis Golf Club

PLANS to replace golf tees in Felpham with housing are to be debated by councillors next week.

Bognor Regis Golf Club has expressed an interest in selling its site for hundreds of homes.

The matter will be discussed by Felpham Parish Council’s planning committee on Tuesday (April 8).

Its members will decide whether or not to object to the golf club’s proposal to designate its large site off Downview Road as a strategic housing location for potential development in the next 15 years.

Cllr Paul English, the parish council’s chairman, said he believed it was intended to enable 300-500 homes to be built.

“This is incredibly important to the parish of Felpham. It must be on the agenda of the planning committee so everybody knows it’s coming up and you can attend as councillors,” he said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“We have the right not to object to the golf cub becoming part of the strategic housing allocations or to object to it because it affects our neighbourhood plan and it affects the residents of Felpham and the children of Felpham in other ways – schools, roads, health, wellbeing.” The committee will meet at 7.15pm in St Mary’s Centre.

The golf club’s plans are being separately presented to district and parish councillors from the surrounding area privately tonight so they can find out more.

A change of planning status for the golf course from a gap between settlements to a housing site needs to be backed by the inspector examining the Arun local plan. Detailed approval is also needed.