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Buildings’ verdict is due next week

A DECISION about two distinctive buildings on Bognor Regis seafront is due to be made next week.


Arun District Council planning officer Simon Davis has said he will determine the planning application to demolish the semi-detached buildings at 2-4 Waterloo Square during the week starting on Monday.


His comments came during correspondence with the planning agent for the work put forward by developer B5 Ltd because it said the two and three-storey buildings were in a dangerous state.


The buildings have been described by Save Britain’s Heritage as ambitious and commensurate with their prominent position.


“Elegant gables, balconies, bay windows and rich decorations embellish the facades,” Thomas Bender, its conservation advisor, has told Arun in a letter.


“With their elaborate decor, the two buildings are the only remaining examples of grand Victorian seaside architecture on the east side of the square. They are clearly influenced by the pleasure pier opposite.”


The town council eventually made no objection to the scheme – its third decision about the proposal.


Cllr Jan Cosgrove (L, Orchard) said it was unprecedented for the council to change its mind twice about a planning application.


He also criticised Arun for allowing the properties, and others it owns along Waterloo Square, to decay.


Cllr Matt Stanley (LD, Marine) said he was disappointed by the latest decision.


“I believe there are serious concerns about how that building has been dealt with,” he said. “Consultees have told Arun the buildings are not in any danger of collapse and they were monitoring the situation.”

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