7 April 2011
Planning experts from award-winning consultancy WYG have submitted a planning application on behalf of a consortium of landowners which will help to regenerate the West Sussex coastal town of Littlehampton.
Submitted to Arun District Council, plans for the ‘North Littlehampton Strategic Development Area’ include a range of economic, social and environmental benefits for the local community including 1,260 new homes, up to 13,000sqm of employment floor space - which could offer a number of jobs equivalent to the working population of the development, a 100 bed hotel and 60 bed care home.
Working as part of a design team, WYG also provided a range of environmental and landscape services as well as managing the Environmental Statement for the application. The scheme includes a range of community facilities and services, serving both the new community and the wider community of north Littlehampton, which have been planned through consultation with residents and stakeholders since 2008.
Jeremy Gardiner, Regional Director, WYG said: “If planning permission is granted it will act as a potential catalyst for sustainable growth and regeneration in the town.
“A key regeneration benefit of the proposals is the provision of the majority of the Lyminster Bypass, paving the way for a future direct connection to the A27 at Crossbush. This new road infrastructure will contribute towards improving linkages to, and within, the town by providing a strategic link to the trunk road network, greatly improving access to the town.”
The plans also include a primary school, a youth facility, a community building, a market square with local shopping, extensive sports, play and informal recreational facilities as well as areas of ecological interest. The scheme will also fund a new bus service to link the development with the adjoining area of Wick, the Littlehampton Academy, and the town centre.
A decision on the application is expected by the end of this year.
Image caption: 1. Artist impression of the proposed wetland / SUDS area (courtesy of John Thompson & Partners)