More plans for Bognor’s regeneration revealed

An impression from above of plans for the Regis Centre site put forward by Re-invigoration SUS-150202-091637001
An impression from above of plans for the Regis Centre site put forward by Re-invigoration SUS-150202-091637001

A NEW regeneration scheme which says it aims to put the community at the heart of the future of Bognor Regis is set to be revealed.

The Re-invigoration group are set to reveal their vision for the Regis Centre site for the first time on Saturday, February 7. From 11pm to 4pm members of the public will be able to see the ideas put forward by the group at the Core Business Hub, Belmont Street.

The plans will also be on show at the Core during the same time the following day (February 8) and again on Monday (February 9) from 4pm to 8pm and everyone is invited to come along.

Andrew Clark from Re-invigoration said: “We have, I think done this differently than a lot of the other groups.

“As far as I am aware we are the only group who has actually gone out and asked people what they wanted to see before putting plans together. This is about what the community wants to see happen.”

As previously reported the first step was taken in September with the set-up of the Re-invigoration Facebook page after a small group of residents reacted to the invitation from Arun District Council to put forward plans for regeneration after their preferred developer St Modwen walked away.

This was designed to be a forum were people could post their ideas, which could be used as part of a questionnaire.

The Re-invigoration proposal seeks to demolish the Alexander Theatre on the Regis Centre site and replace it with an integrated leisure facilities.

Local architect Nick Hopper has drawn-up the plans which include a whole array of leisure activities which the group says residents have asked for.

To fund the ambitious plan the group propose that Hothamton and the Sunken Gardens could be made available for commercial development.

They say the land, which is owned by the local authority could be offered for sale at a current market rate of around £12m. They state it has substantial potential for a development of up to 250 apartments.