Kay Elliott has revealed plans for an ambitious regeneration of Bognor Regis in West Sussex
The masterplan vision is part of a £260,000 feasibility study drawn up by Kay Elliott and regeneration expert Urban Delivery for local authority Arun District Council (ADC). Proposals include replacing the Regis Centre and nearby Hothamton car park with a new winter garden and other mixed-use development.
The new masterplan comes a month after a rival £80 million proposal for the sites – named after eighteenth century English property developer Richard Hotham and drawn up by local architect Neil Holland – was rejected by councillors for the second time.
Rejecting the mixed-use scheme in early February, ADC councillors argued the scheme’s benefits failed to outweigh its lack of ‘sufficient design excellence’.
The ‘Sir Richard Hotham Project’ proposed replacing the 1980 Regis Centre entertainment complex with a 64-bedroom hotel, 192 flats and 6,000m² of commercial space. A 1,1000-capacity theatre and 48-bedroom hotel and conference facility would meanwhile be constructed on the Hothamton car park.
Commenting on the latest alternative masterplan, ADC director of place Karl Roberts said: ‘This study encapsulates the bold and innovative thinking we feel is needed to unlock the full potential of Bognor Regis. These sites have been waiting too long for the redevelopment proposed and the time is now right to make it happen.’
Gillian Brown, ADC council leader added: ‘Following extensive consultation in 2015 on what residents wanted to see on both sites, this study clearly shows we have listened. Our aim remains one of encouraging economic and social regeneration and to do justice to the opportunities presented by these key sites.
‘Bognor Regis richly deserves the major investment which the town is attracting. New jobs, new housing and finally the new thinking needed to fully exploit the sites under discussion.’
Kay Elliott’s preliminary concepts were presented to ADC’s Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee on Monday (27 February).
Proposals include replacing the seafront Regis Centre with a new 3,000m² winter garden, hotel nd theatre with rooftop performance space while creating a new linear park and affordable housing on the Hothamton car park site.
Going forward the council, which is a major landowner in the area, will be encouraging partnerships with investors or developers who will in turn bring on board their own architects to develop the sites.