Oldlands Farm shows town is ‘open for business’

BOGNOR Regis is open for business!

That will be the message taken to the government by the town’s business representatives.

They are making a second bid to secure enterprise zone status for many of its commercial areas. The success of the planning application for Oldlands Farm will help their case.

Iain Shepherd, the chairman of the business-led Coastal West Sussex Partnership, told Arun district councillors a lot of work was going into putting Bognor’s case to government ministers.

“Granting this application is going to be absolutely key to helping Bognor move towards getting enterprise zone status which I hope can be achieved.

“Arun has a low business density,” he said. “We know there are businesses looking to grow and expand in the area. Being able to retain them is absolutely essential.

“We need to have a long-term vision.” Businesses needed confidence in an area to enable them to invest for the future, he added.

David Myers, the consultant to Bognor Regis Ltd, said: “Oldlands Farm is recognised as a key strategic development site within the coastal West Sussex area to deliver employment opportunities which we all know are badly needed.

“Bognor Regis Ltd (which comprises most of the town’s biggest employers) believes this application should be enthusiastically welcomed.

We need to embrace any employment land we can get.”

There are 24 enterprise zones around the country created by the government’s department for communities and local government.

They enable firms to claim rate relief, enhanced capital allowances and benefit from a simplified planning process.