PICTURES: Arun reveals regeneration vision

Bognor Regeneration image. Pic supplied by Arun District Council
Bognor Regeneration image. Pic supplied by Arun District Council

Following Arun District Councillors approving £260k plans to carry out extensive studies into Bognor Regis regeneration proposals, images have been released of what the work ‘could look like’.

The designs are included in a report by Karl Roberts, director of planning and economic regeneration, which features an ‘advice’ document by Urban Delivery and was approved at a meeting on July 20.

Bognor Regeneration image. Pic supplied by Arun District Council

Bognor Regeneration image. Pic supplied by Arun District Council

In a statement Arun District Council said: “Arun remains committed to the regeneration of this area of Bognor Regis and has released some images of what the new development could look like, including modern and traditional designs, to show possible alternative styles.”

It added: “The council is also keen to ensure that the Alexandra Theatre is maintained,either through improvements or a new building, and one study will examine how best to deliver a theatre that meets the needs of the local community and tourists.

“Arun intends to provide an improved theatre, gallery and space for cultural events, fit for the future.”

The statement also covered the pub, which currently has 30 years remaining on a lease to Whitbread, suggesting it ‘could become a landmark building including visitor attractions, homes and restaurants’.

Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, leader of Arun District Council and cabinet member for council strategy, said: “The Council is determined to bring about redevelopment to the heart of Bognor Regis. Arun has already carried out the broadest public consultation Bognor Regis has ever seen and now the council is testing how best to implement these proposals.

“I am confident that, once the feasibility studies have been carried out, Arun will have a sound business case to move forward the redevelopment of these two key sites. I look forward to moving as quickly as we can to the next stage of the process.”

The plans were approved at a Full Council meeting on Wednesday, July 20.