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Business park plan unveiled

FORMAL proposals have been unveiled for the creation of up to a thousand jobs at a North Bersted business park.


Landlink Estates has submitted a planning application to use the Salt Box site to the west of the A29 Shripney Road for commercial development.


As revealed in the Bognor Regis Post earlier this month, the company has lined up Warburtons the bakers to occupy a warehouse and distribution depot on part of the scheme.


This is expected to be the base for 70 vehicles if it is approved. Detailed planning permission is being sought by Landlink Estates for this section of the scheme.


The rest of the 12-hectare open farmland location is covered by an outline application to establish the principle of development for a hotel of up to 80 rooms and a pub/restaurant, two drive thru restaurants, a gym and two distribution warehouses.
two distribution businesses, which could be sub-divided to create premises for smaller businesses, have also been included in the application.


No occupiers have yet been stated for the rest of the premises.


A statement with the application, submitted by Paul Hanson, of Landlink Estates, says the scheme reflects the long-standing aspirations of Arun District Council for the land to be used to create employment.


“The layout and design of the phased proposals meets the key design objectives to create a well integrated mixed use scheme in a commercially viable and practical way which is sensitive to the site’s surrounding and respects the character of the local area,” he states.


“Taller buildings are located at the entrance designated as key locations, therefore giving the opportunity for the hotel, pub, drive thru restaurants and gym to be developed as marker buildings.”


These buildings will be limited two commercial storeys, ranging between 10.5m and 13.5m high.


“Lower industrial units sit over the northern edge of the site screened by the village buffer, where views from Shripney village residential (areas) required a more sensitive approach.


Each site provides car parking facilities for cycles, motorcycles, small cars and heavy goods vehicles, in addition to service yard areas where needed,” he adds.


“The resultant layout meets an established local need, complies with the aims of the local development order and will help reinforce Bognor Regis’ independence as a thriving community in its own right.”


Salt Box forms part of the Enterprise Bognor Regis area designated by Arun to provide jobs. It is one of three sites included in a draft local development put forward by the district council to encourage enterprise.


Bersted Parish Council has called for the development to be used to install the missing link in the Bognor Regis northern relief road to relieve congestion on Rowan Way.


Its members have also stated their disappointment at the calibre of jobs which could be created at the site.

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