Plans for Oldlands Farm are welcomed

PLANS which could see a jobs boost for the Bognor Regis area have been welcomed.

David Myers a consultant for Bognor Regis Limited has welcomed the plans put forward by developer Hanbury Properties for land at the Oldlands Farm site.

Mr Myers said: “We are pleased to see a realistic planning application coming forward for the Oldlands Farm site. Bognor Regis Limited is always interested in developments that will benefit the community.

“This would be a first -class opportunity to bring a purpose built business park to the area.”

Bognor Regis Limited includes some of the area’s largest employers such as John Wiley and Sons Ltd, the Sovereign Group, Solarton Ametek, the URT Group, Chichester University and Butlin’s.

At their meeting last Friday, the Bognor Regis Civic Society was also positive about the plan’s, but said it was a shame the ASDA application was not progressed.

As reported in the Observer last week an outline planning application for the site on the town’s northern edge has been submitted to Arun District Council.

Hanbury Properties believe the proposed development would create some 118 jobs during its construction, with an estimate of between 820 and 1,660 when it is open for business.

It will also realise land already allocated for employment use contained within the enterprise@BognorRegis zone and act as infill development between the new northern relief road and the existing industrial development of Southern Cross Trading Estate.

The scheme has been designed to deliver businesses of a range of sizes. Land has been set aside for a pub or other leisure facility, a DIY or garden centre, a crèche, car dealership or fast food restaurant, some 20 small business units, and a general industrial unit.