A BOGNOR Regis car park’s transformation is set to move a step closer next week.
Councillors will be asked to approve the delivery of a linear park on the Hothamton car park, pictured below, as part of the Gardens by the Sea regeneration concept of Arun District Council.
The decision by Arun’s Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee on Thursday will be a key step in the progression of the plans from the drawing board to reality.
The proposals for the Hothamton site include the new linear park to create a green link for pedestrians from the town to the pier alongside blocks of flats and commercial premises such as cafes, shops or offices on the ground floor.
Cllr Phil Hitchins, the chairman of the sub-committee, said: “This is an exciting day for those of us who have been involved in the town over many years.
“I am really looking forward to seeing the new park take shape as it will create an attractive green corridor from town to seafront.
“The quality of the design shines through and the existing park area will be enlarged and transformed with new play and leisure facilities.”
The Gardens by the Sea concept was agreed by councillors last February and also includes a Winter Gardens attraction with a larger theatre and hotel on the Regis Centre site. The Hothamton scheme takes in the Sunken Garden next to the car park.
More than 400 people took part in a recent consultation about the designs. They include high quality space for play, markets and events, with permanent kiosk-style businesses as well as car parking.
The accommodation could be for staff or students flats or for market sale or rent.