Bersted

Landform is promoting a site in Bersted on the north-western edge of Bognor Regis for a mix of residential and employment uses.

Site area
38 acres / 16 hectares

Housing units
245 dwellings

Use
30% social housing
65% private housing
5% self-build

Planning district
Arun District Council

Status
Site allocated in Adopted Local Plan

Wider community benefits
New community and sports facilities + 3-form primary school

The site is suitable for around 250 new homes, public open spaces, sports facilities, and incorporates the modernisation and expansion of the adjoining Chalcroft Nursery to include new industrial and retail outlets, together with a cafe.

The site forms part of the West of Bersted Strategic Housing Site SD3, which is being promoted jointly with the Church Commissioners and Langmead Farms for around 2,500 new homes. The site was allocated in the Arun District Council Local Plan in the summer of 2018.

The development has been split into two separate planning phases. The first application for the 5-acre (2ha) Chalcroft Nursery site was submitted in late 2020 and was granted planning approval by Arun DC (under delegated officer powers) in March 2021. The consented scheme comprises a new vehicular and pedestrian access from Chalcraft Lane together with 20 residential units, 1,500 sqm of industrial, retail and a café.

The second application, known as Nursery Fields, is for 225 residential units across the remaining 33-acre (14ha) wider site area and will utilise the same access road and new junction onto Chalcraft Lane that was approved in the first phase scheme. An application was submitted in May 2021 and this application is currently the subject of an appeal following refusal of consent by Arun DC.

There is a long-term under supply of housing in the Bognor/Chichester region and even at this relatively early stage, considerable market interest is already being shown from housebuilders in the site, reflecting the high demand in the area for good quality and well-located sites.