Board's Representation on OAN Housing Numbers

White paper Nov 04 2015

Bognor Regis Regeneration Board
Representation on Objectively Assessed Need for Housing, Arun District

The Board was established in 2007 to act as an independent advisory body, bringing together
leading representatives from the key public, private and community stakeholders in Bognor
Regis. The Board recognises that a collective and cohesive approach can generate and secure
the economic benefits sought by those who live and work in Bognor Regis.
The Board has three key objectives:
• To collectively promote Bognor Regis as a great place to live, work, visit and invest
• To consider, give opinion and comment upon how to what extent planned and proposed
developments contribute to:
   o the town's growth and development
   o addressing and overcoming the town's socio-economic challenges; and,
   o maximising benefits and opportunities for the town.
• To consider and evaluate strategies which impact upon the economic growth of Bognor
Regis and offer comment, opinion and where appropriate modifications.
Board membership is drawn from the major private and public organisations including the
University of Chichester, West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council, Butlins and
Sime Darby London Ltd. A full list of Board members and contact details can be found on
the BRRB website:

2.0 The Representation is on the following two questions
2.1 Do you agree with Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN) figure of 758 homes per year
as set out in the “Objectively Assessed Need for Housing: Arun District, GL Hearn,
March 2015” evidence base document?
2.2 Please explain why you agree / disagree with the Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN)
figure of 758 homes per year as set out in the “Objectively Assessed Need for Housing:
Arun District, GL Hearn, March 2015” evidence base document. If you disagree, please
provide evidence to support your argument.

3.0 Response – Summary
The Board agrees with the requirement for 758 homes per annum over the plan period as set
out in the independent GL Hearn report. This is the latest statistically based requirement for
the period 2011-31 and should be confirmed as the basis for the Local Plan to be taken
The suspension of the Local Plan over the OAN is threatening the planned growth in
employment and the key infrastructure investments that will secure the Enterprise Bognor
Regis employment sites. It should be noted that Arun has the poorest school attainment in
West Sussex and the lowest Gross Value Added (GVA) within the Coast to Capital LEP. To
address these issues in a structured co-ordinated manner requires the early adoption of the
Local Plan and the Board urges Arun District Council to progress the Local Plan as
expeditiously as possible.


3.1 Economic Growth
Arun’s GVA at £18,777 is the lowest within West Sussex and the Coast to Capital LEP,
reflecting on skill levels and educational attainment. Economic growth is a key driver to
addressing these issues.
Arun District Council, working with landowners has identified 69 hectares of employment
space, designated as Enterprise Bognor Regis (EBR), which has the potential to
accommodate 150 businesses and 4000 jobs. Initial progress is encouraging with Rolls-Royce
Motors occupying their new 30,000 sq metre Technology & Logistics centre in January 2016.
A Local Development Order for three of the four sites will be in place by early 2016 ensuring
a fast track planning process.
A further important economic development is the planned University of Chichester’s
Engineering and Digital Technology Park. The £23 million investment based on the Bognor
Regis campus will provide at least 400 new undergraduate and postgraduate student places
per annum in Bognor Regis doubling the number of students on the Bognor Regis Campus to
circa 3,000. Currently graduates have a very limited choice of local employment
opportunities; as this improves with Enterprise Bognor Regis coming on stream and the
creation of a digital and creative hub linked to the University, there needs to be affordable
housing available. The 2-3000 proposed housing development in the
Barnham/Westergate/Eastergate villages is ideally located within close proximity of EBR
employment land therefore minimising commuter traffic and costs.

3.2 Transport infrastructure.
The growth in jobs and new homes has to be accompanied with an improved local road
network funded primarily through Section 106 contributions. The Local Plan highlights the
importance of the A29 realignment between Bognor Regis and the A27 Fontwell junction to
alleviate problems of traffic congestion notably at the Woodgate level crossing. The
importance of the A29 realignment to the local economy has been recognized with £13m
funding allocated through the Government’s Growing Places Fund. It is proposed that the
balance of the project costs will be funded through developer’s Section 106 planning
obligations for the new homes in Barnham, Westergate and Eastergate. The road
infrastructure plans are fundamental in bringing together ADC’s strategic vision for
employment and housing. The four main road initiatives: Bognor Regis Relief Road, A29
realignment, link road into the Lec Airfield site and A27 improvements are necessary to
support future economic growth.

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