Seaside in line for regeneration

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PLANS for a £50m transformation of seafront are to be submitted to planners.

A consortium wants to regenerate Bognor Regis by building almost 200 flats, a 60-room hotel, five office buildings, and a boardwalk with a public garden.

Herongate Properties is leading the consortium, which has also put in a proposal for a new theatre and conference centre in the Hothampton car park site.

Tom Elliott, the managing director of Herongate, said: ’We don’t need a penny from the local authority or anybody else.

‘The regeneration schemes have always fallen down before because the council has had to spend some money or try to create a way to make things happen.’

The proposed scheme also features a 200-cover seaside domed restaurant on the former Esplanade Theatre site, with the skate park moved next to the pier, and an 80-space car park next to the southern end of Waterloo Square.

The consortium began work on its plans last August and picked up pace when it was known former developer St Modwen had pulled out.

‘We are taking the domed theme from Sir Richard Hotham’s building,’ said Mr Elliott. ‘We wanted an old English seaside resort-style building for the Regis Centre, which is not there at the moment.

‘We envisage visitors being able to walk through the lovely gardens, with a children’s play area, with the mums and dads watching their children.’

A six-week consultation starts next month.