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Growers get go-ahead for firms to blossom

GROWERS around Bognor Regis have been given approval for their businesses to bloom. The horticultural companies in specific locations will benefit from the removal of red tape in the planning process.

 

Approval for a local development order for the industry, which removes the need for planning permission for certain developments, was agreed by councillors last week. This cuts costs and increases certainty for the businesses which form part of an important sector of the economy.

 

The order will apply to ten sites across the Arun district. They include two in Pagham and further locations in Woodgate, off Sack Lane in Shripney, and off Eastergate Lane, Barnham Lane and Yapton Road in the Five Villages.

 

Spokesman John Hall, of the West Sussex Growers’ Association, said: “We welcome this initiative by Arun and see it as a positive for the horticultural industry in the area. “Our only concern is that some very obvious and key horticultural areas have been left out of the order.”

 

Backing for the order came at Arun’s full meeting last Wednesday. A total of 102 responses were received by the council to its consultation about its draft order. These resulted in the proposed areas at Barnham and Binsted being removed because of traffic concerns if the businesses grew and the area at Woodgate reduced.

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