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Site Location

The site is located in the central part of Arun District, to the north of Bognor Regis and north-west of Littlehampton. The site comprises around 270 hectares of land which is currently in agricultural and horticultural use.

The Landowners

The site allocation is formed of multiple land ownerships and promoters. The Southern Consortium is the largest landowner at the site and comprises land owned and promoted by The Church Commissioners for England and Hanbury Properties.


Other key landowners/promoters include:

 

  • Barratt David Wilson Homes

  • CALA Homes

  • Pye Homes 

  • Other landowners including Domusea Developments and Landacre Development

  • West Sussex County Council


Separate planning applications will be submitted by the different landowners/promoters for their respective parts of the site in due course. 

Site Constraints

  • Railway line acting as a barrier to north-south movement and presents noise impact issues.
     

  • Three Conservation Areas lie close to the development and a small part of the site falls within the Church Lane Eastergate Conservation Area.
     

  • The historic route of the Portsmouth to Arundel Canal.
     

  • Listed buildings located close to the site boundary.
     

  • Drainage on site is currently through a series of small interconnected ditches and watercourses.
     

  • The rife valley is also a well-defined floodplain.
     

  • Waste water treatment works and the Lidsey Oil Field located at the southern boundary of the core site.

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Site Opportunities

  • Best use of allocated land for housing and employment.
     

  • The Lidsey Rife corridor presents opportunity for a new park for future and existing local residents.
     

  • Masterplan can enable improved connections to existing surrounding communities.
     

  • New local centres in a walkable neighbourhood serve the new and existing community.
     

  • Third party land master planned holistically to create united masterplan approach.
     

  • Several Public Rights of Way run across the site which can assist in linking the site to the surrounding area, including the Portsmouth to Arundel Canal.
     

  • Promotion of health and wellbeing in urban and landscape design.
     

  • Improvements to connectivity and relieving local traffic congestion through the delivery of the realigned A29. 
     

  • Retention and incorporation of existing trees and hedgerows.

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Site Analysis

Archaeology/Heritage
Initial archaeology assessments indicate that there are few areas that contain archaeological remains of high significance.  The site lies within the West Sussex Coastal Plain and it is anticipated that there could be archaeological potential for the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods. As best practice, a desk based archaeological assessment would accompany planning applications as relevant where development is proposed in areas of archaeological potential.  A small part of the site allocation falls within the Church Lane Eastergate Conservation Area. Two other Conservation Areas are in close proximity to the site along with several listed buildings, including the Grade II* St George’s Church, Grade II Eastergate House to the north and  Grade I St Mary’s Church Lane and Barnham Court House to the south east. The southern boundary of the site is marked by remnants of the Portsmouth to Arundel Canal which forms a historic feature in the landscape from the early 19th century.


Landscape Visual Impact Assessment
The site comprises nine landscape character areas with arable farmland characterising the majority of the site which is bisected by the Arundel to Chichester Coastway railway line. The Lidsey Rife Valley corridor which runs north to south creates another important character area with predominantly rural and enclosed valley floor meadows and lower valley sides. Adjacent to the existing settlements, the boundary with Westergate is characterised by small-scale fields on the settlement edge (Westergate Meadows) and equestrian uses. In the northern part of the site, the existing plant nurseries to the south of Barnham Road and the commercial area to the north of Barnham Road present the main character areas along with a woodland mosaic of well treed areas interspersed with scrub and grassland between Barnham Road and the existing A29.


Ecology
The site has a long history of agricultural use. The majority of it has been annually ploughed which means it has a low ecological value; however, features such as streams, hedgerows, treelines and grassland within the site are of greater interest, both in terms of the intrinsic value of the habitats present as well as the potential opportunities that they provide for faunal species.


Animal species that may be present across different parts of the site include breeding birds, foraging and commuting bats, common reptiles, water voles and badgers mostly within existing stream corridors and hedgerows.


Highways and linkages
The surrounding network is comprised of the A29 which connects south to Bognor Regis and connects via the A27 to Chichester to the west and Arundel to the east.  The existing highways network is constrained due to the A29 level crossing of the Arundel to Chichester Coastway railway line in Woodgate and capacity at the War Memorial Roundabout. The realigned A29 will improve journey times due to the proposed bridge over the railway. Consultation with Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Highways England has been undertaken as part of developing the Framework Masterplan, particularly in relation to the A29 realignment.  


The allocation is well connected with local and national rail and bus links with Barnham Station located close to the eastern boundary of the site and local bus connections to Chichester, Bognor Regis and Yapton. Public Rights of Way cross the site to the north, south and west.


Flood Risk and Drainage
The majority of the site is located within Flood Zone 1 and so is considered at low risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, with the exception of the Lidsey Rife valley which is in Flood Zone 3 and potentially at high risk of flooding. 


Groundwater monitoring has been undertaken within the site allocation and results have indicated that winter groundwater levels can be quite high across the site. 

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