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Seafront sites backed

Three locations along Bognor Regis promenade have been approved for food and drink outlets.


Seafront strollers will be able to enjoy sea views with their refreshments after Arun District Council gave itself planning permission for the new use.


The unanimous decision on Wednesday was made after one of the sites – at the promenade bullnose semi-circular area opposite the Regis Centre – was temporarily used by a pizza maker for part of last summer.


Arun development control committee member Cllr John Charles (C, Barnham) said: “I am pleased to see this. I think it’s a very useful thing.


“If the people are as good as the ones there last year, I will be more than happy.


“They cleared up after themselves every single night, everything was moved away and it was a really good experience there.”


The other two locations for which the change of use for temporary food and drink outlets and other seaside uses was granted are within the north-western corner of the rectangular area to the east of the pier and next to the Gloucester Road car park close to Butlin’s.


Dan Vick, a council planning officer, said the operating hours of the businesses which would be limited to 7.30am-11pm daily.


“All structures would be portable, small scale and would be unlikely to attract a considerable amount of visitors over and above existing users,” he told the committee.


“The uses postively influence the commercial and entertainment offer of the seafront and due to their temporary nature and character they would not adversely impact the amenities of the surrounding area and occupiers of nearby properties.


“They would not produce any unacceptable noise or light pollution.”


The sites had also been chosen within accessible locations along the seafront.


Cllr Martin Lury (LD, Bersted) said he was worried the Butlin’s location was at a busy site.


But Mr Vick said any outlet would replace two storage containers which were already there.

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