Development plans for a business park on land at Oldland Farm, Bersted, have been granted by Arun District Council’s development control committee. The move is being welcomed by business leaders who hope the development will help to grow to local economy, encourage more businesses to establish themselves in the area, and also become a key employment site for Coastal West Sussex.

Approval of the planning application is a milestone for developer Hanbury Properties as their goal is to add significantly to the employment space available in Bognor Regis. Arun District Council’s Development Control Committee granted outline planning consent for a further 188,000 square feet of space for General Industrial use. The business park would be the second phase of the Enterprise Bognor Regis project – the council’s vision for bringing more employment to the town and to Coastal West Sussex at large.

David Myers, Advisor to the Regeneration Board, said: “The Regeneration Board was very pleased to be able to support Hanbury’s planning application. This important site is now forming the core of the Enterprise Bognor Regis offering with the prestigious Rolls Royce Motors Technology & Logistics Centre open and fully operational.”

“The availability of this new employment space underlines the key strategic positioning of Enterprise Bognor Regis in Coastal West Sussex. The Board is confident that the commitment of the developers along with the ongoing support of Arun District Council and Board partners will result in businesses being attracted and establishing themselves in Bognor Regis.”

Councillor Gillian Brown, the Regeneration Board’s Chairman, commented: “This is a further important step forward in pursuing our objective of providing an improving economic environment in Bognor Regis. It is expected that other Enterprise Bognor Regis sites will be brought forward, continuing to widen the choice of employment space in a competitive market.”