Regeneration scheme hangs in the balance

Bognor

Bognor

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A REGENERATION scheme once worth £105 million is in doubt after the developer pulled out.

Birmingham-based St Modwen has told Arun District Council it no longer wants to build the two schemes in Bognor because of “market conditions”.

It was said that the proposal would regenerate the town with flats, a multiplex cinema, a new hotel and shops.

Despite the setback, the council has said it will push forward with the plans and submit a planning application of its own.

Council leader Gillian Brown said: “Our priority now is to ensure that any future scheme offers residents, businesses and visitors long-term benefits and value for money. We are confident that the proposed sites will attract further private sector investment into the town.”

St Modwen won a tender to deliver the developments at the Regis Centre and at Hothamton in Queensway in December 2007 – after 18 months of talks and public exhibitions. At the time it was valued at £105 million but last year was estimated to be worth only £25million.

Earlier this week, its London regional director confirmed the parting of ways in a letter to the council.

He said: “St Modwen appreciates the strong working relationship it has had with Arun District Council and considers the best way forward in the current market is to take stock of all the knowledge we have collectively assembled over this difficult economic period.

“We understand that the council will still want to pursue the redevelopment of the two sites and the most appropriate route for this is for the council to go back out to the market under a new procurement process.”

The plans included a four/five-screen multiplex, restaurants and bars, hotel, and 100 flats around the Regis Centre site.

For the Hothamton site, a 15,000sqft food store was planned along with a 295-space car park and 100 flats. Council bosses are now calling on councillors to approve spending of £500,000 to help submit a planning application to keep the schemes alive.

Liberal Democrat Francis Opple, council leader of the opposition, slammed the Tory administration for wasting taxpayers’ time and money.

He said: “They have wasted eight years, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money, to get Bognor no further forward. We have been telling them for years to listen to the people of the town. Arun Tories seem determined to press ahead with what St Modwen can't deliver. We will oppose these policies at full council, and ask that they be delayed until after next May's elections.”

Full council will meet on September 10 to discuss the plans.

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9:12am Fri 5 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

Surely for that sort of money you could demolish the place and rebuild it. Nothing fancy, just three storey concrete apartment blocks, reminiscent of say, East Berlin circa 1960 ...I am sure a huge proportion of the residents would find it feels more like home.

Whilst writing, why are there no more Homosexual, Cyclists and Veggie tree hugging Green/Liberals on this site, and so few right wing bigoted lunatics.... We should be told
Surely for that sort of money you could demolish the place and rebuild it. Nothing fancy, just three storey concrete apartment blocks, reminiscent of say, East Berlin circa 1960 ...I am sure a huge proportion of the residents would find it feels more like home. Whilst writing, why are there no more Homosexual, Cyclists and Veggie tree hugging Green/Liberals on this site, and so few right wing bigoted lunatics.... We should be told Valentinian
  • Score: -25

10:47am Fri 5 Sep 14

robinxx says...

Bognor Regis has great potential as a holiday resort and town. It is in dire need of a complete makeover however, not just cosmetic. It surely is the least attractive of all the resorts on the South Coast. Bugger Bognor springs to mind.
Bognor Regis has great potential as a holiday resort and town. It is in dire need of a complete makeover however, not just cosmetic. It surely is the least attractive of all the resorts on the South Coast. Bugger Bognor springs to mind. robinxx
  • Score: 8

12:05pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Hove Actually says...

The trouble with Bognor is it's image with Butlins
The trouble with Bognor is it's image with Butlins Hove Actually
  • Score: -21

12:29pm Fri 5 Sep 14

bug eye says...

if the road cannot be open to light traffic or a temporary solution installed such as a raised lane then the traffic lights need to be switched off and a temporary raised zebra crossing put in. guide pedestrians to use the underpass or the raised zebra traffic would flow and calm naturally. this should be the way forward all around the city such as seven dials.
if the road cannot be open to light traffic or a temporary solution installed such as a raised lane then the traffic lights need to be switched off and a temporary raised zebra crossing put in. guide pedestrians to use the underpass or the raised zebra traffic would flow and calm naturally. this should be the way forward all around the city such as seven dials. bug eye
  • Score: -3

5:25pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Handy-ish Andy says...

Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live.
Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live. Handy-ish Andy
  • Score: -21

7:17pm Fri 5 Sep 14

sdaniells says...

The multiplex is not wanted-we already have a cinema, which will be seriously threatened as the town is too small for two, and neither are the flats, the whole scheme is very unpopular and it is a great shame that the council are continuing to push for it in spite of public opinion and the demise of St Modwen. It will be interesting to see what effect this all has on the local elections next May. Bognor Regis is a seasonal seaside town and any development on the prime sea front site needs to reflect that with a sympathetic use.
The multiplex is not wanted-we already have a cinema, which will be seriously threatened as the town is too small for two, and neither are the flats, the whole scheme is very unpopular and it is a great shame that the council are continuing to push for it in spite of public opinion and the demise of St Modwen. It will be interesting to see what effect this all has on the local elections next May. Bognor Regis is a seasonal seaside town and any development on the prime sea front site needs to reflect that with a sympathetic use. sdaniells
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Ambo Guy says...

Handy-ish Andy wrote:
Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live.
Racism and ignorance alive and well on the forum I see.
[quote][p][bold]Handy-ish Andy[/bold] wrote: Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live.[/p][/quote]Racism and ignorance alive and well on the forum I see. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 17

8:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Handy-ish Andy says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
Handy-ish Andy wrote:
Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live.
Racism and ignorance alive and well on the forum I see.
And you'd know just about that AmboGay as you're the one who hates the English and doesn't support St Patricks Day.
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Handy-ish Andy[/bold] wrote: Has anyone recently been to Bognor? I swore I was in Eastern Europe last time I was there. No wonder it's such an awfull place to live.[/p][/quote]Racism and ignorance alive and well on the forum I see.[/p][/quote]And you'd know just about that AmboGay as you're the one who hates the English and doesn't support St Patricks Day. Handy-ish Andy
  • Score: -9

10:03pm Fri 5 Sep 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why is this useless council borrowing £500K to put a planning application forward?! That is an immense amount of money which should be part of the councillors jobs to do without any help.
Why is this useless council borrowing £500K to put a planning application forward?! That is an immense amount of money which should be part of the councillors jobs to do without any help. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3
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