Progress on plan to shape town’s future

STEADY progress is being made on a planning blueprint for Bognor Regis.

At a meeting of the town’s electors on Monday, Sandra Daniells, chairman of the Bognor Regis neighbourhood plan committee, said work on the document which will outline development in the town for the next 15 years is continuing.

Cllr Daniells said: “The plan is taking shape and we are continuing with it. The progress has been steady and we have been undertaking workshops and consultations.

“We have now a wish list if you like of what people would like to see and we are now trying to collate everything and focus down on the issues.”

The meeting was told space for 300 homes needed to be found within the town’s four wards.

Cllr Daniells said: “We want the plan to be a reflection of what the town do and don’t want. We don’t want to copy Arun District Council’s local plan. We want our neighbourhood plan to look at some of the detail.

“It is an active, live and open document and we want as many as possible to contribute.”

It is hoped the draft neighbourhood plan will be ready for consultation in November and a referendum on the issue could take place in February of next year.

The work of the neighbourhood plan committee, which feeds back into the town council, was praised by the Bognor Regis Civic Society and the Bognor Regis and District Chamber of Commerce.

The neighbourhood planning process gives residents a chance to get more involved with shaping their communities in the coming years.

They can have their say on where they would like to see housing and what sort of housing it should be.