April 2022

Caroline Rogers

Planning permission granted for 225 new homes at Nursery Fields, Bersted  

Caroline Rogers

Landform Estates has received planning permission for a prime housing site in the sought after area of Bersted for a mix of private and self-build homes as well as communal leisure facilities.

The consent has been granted via an appeal for 225 new homes at Nursery Fields, a 14 hectare (34 acre) site in Bersted on the north-western edge of Bognor Regis.

A total of 70% of the new houses are private (of which 5% are self-build), with the balance for social housing. Permission has also been granted for new public open spaces, allotments, a primary school and sports facilities.

Erik Pagano, Landform managing director, says: “We are delighted to have finally been granted planning permission for this prime site which is part of the West Bersted Strategic Plan for 2,500 new homes.”

“Arun District Council’s decision to refuse consent last year for an allocated site that formed part of the approved masterplan, was really quite odd and difficult to understand, especially given the Council’s failing land supply and repeated failure of the Government’s Housing Delivery Test. However, the inspector wasted no time in allowing the appeal and that is great news for potential homeowners as the site will help to meet the undersupply of housing in the Bognor to Chichester area.”

Planning consent for Bersted Nursery Fields Masterplan gains planning consent

Nursery Fields, Bersted – Illustrative Masterplan

Pagano adds that since Landform first started developing this site, there has been considerable interest from house builders because of the pent-up demand for quality homes in the district.

Landform will be contributing towards the building of new community and sports facilities as well as a three-form primary school.

The Nursery Fields site is the second stage of Landform’s plans for the West of Bersted site. Last year it was granted planning approval for the extensive modernisation and expansion of the 2 hectare (5-acre) Chalcroft Nursery site, which includes plans for 20 homes as well as expansion of the garden centre, new industrial units, retail space and a cafe.

The two sites adjoin each other and will benefit from a shared new access onto Chalcraft Lane along with parking and landscaping. The new access will help relieve congestion and disturbance from the existing route.