Plans to build up to 480 new homes on Bognor Golf Club were revealed yesterday (November 29) as a public consultation went live for the first time.
Residents and members of the golf club have known about plans to build on the golf club, which is in Felpham, for some time, with a protest taking place outside the site last week, but this is the first time the particulars of the proposal have been made public.
The proposals lay out plans to turn the golf club into a new neighbourhood featuring 'new, high-quality' and 'affordable' housing, with opportunities to repurpose existing clubhouse buildings for community use and open-up previously inaccessible areas of the land for recreation.
Prior to the opening of the public consultation, residents expressed concerns about the loss of communal green space and the development's affect on the environment The plans for the new neighbourhood, which will be called 'Lidsey Green' if passed, set out proposals for 2.24 hectares of new woodland.
The proposal also details plans for 27.3 hectares of 'new accessible parkland, featuring woodland, meadow and wetland habitats, children's playspace and communal growing space.'
Thirty per cent of the homes built on the development have been allocated for affordable housing and the new site will be accessible via Golf Links Road if passed. This will necessitate a change in priority to form a new road junction into the site, developers have said. As a result, land crossing the northern part of the golf course could be safeguarded for the delivery of a new link road between the A259 and the LEC airfield site.
"Our vision for Lidsey Green is to create a development that delivers positive growth for Felpham and Bognor through the provision of high-quality housing, interwoven with social and environmental infrastructure that promotes inclusivity, biodiversity and wellbeing."
The plans for the new golf club, which is could be built on a 180 acre site south of Grevatt's Lane, nearly two miles East of the current site, have also been revealed.
The design documents promise an 18-hole, 72 par course, a new 9-hole course and greens in compliance with United States Golf Association specification. A new, more modern club house, car parking and larger, more varied putting greens have also been promised in the plans.
To find out more about the consultation, visit www.bognorgolf-reimagined.co.uk.
Hallam Land Management, the developer behind the plans, aims to submit an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the existing golf course by the end of the year. A full planning application for the development of the new course should follow soon afterwards, in January next year. Both applications are subject to a formal public consultation, which opened yesterday (November 29) and will run until Monday December 6.
To comment on the plans, raise objections or make a suggestion, send an email to this address: [email protected]