Bognor Regis Golf Club and Hallam Land Management (HLM) are working in partnership to secure the long-term future of the Golf Club through relocation to a benchmark new venue that will be facilitated by the redevelopment of the existing course for new homes and parkland. This website provides details of the proposal and range of local benefits that it will secure, as well as outlining the next steps and how comments on the proposed schemes can be made.
Founded in 1892, Bognor Regis Golf Club endorses the traditional values in golf of integrity, courtesy, consideration and respect for others. At Bognor Regis these traditional golf values are combined with competitive and social golf, as well as a thriving social environment to create an enjoyable experience for all members. Whilst ensuring the present facilities provide the best experience for members and visitors today, the Club also believes that it should provide opportunities for future generations locally to enjoy the game of golf and the friendship and camaraderie it brings.
In April 2017 at an EGM of the club, the membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of entering into a Promotion Agreement with HLM. This provided a framework for a development partnership to facilitate the relocation of the Golf Club and develop a new venue that will ensure the Club’s long-term future.
HLM is part of the Henry Boot Group of Companies specialising in the promotion of strategic land and unlocking complex and diverse planning and development challenges. HLM has over 30 years’ experience facilitating new development by planning, designing, and delivering the blueprint for places where people want to live, work and play across the UK from 7 regional offices.
Whilst much has happened since spring 2017, the Club still faces a number of fundamental issues that could impact on its long-term financial sustainability. This includes the drainage challenges facing the existing course and the restrictions on winter playability. The existing facilities are increasingly tiring and there is a need to respond to the expectations of members and visitors both now and in the future.
There have been a number of external pressures, such as the construction of the bypass and housing adjacent to the eastern boundary, which have also changed the golfing experience at the course. Arun District Council’s adopted Local Plan also proposes a ‘north-south’ link road, intended to facilitate access to a proposed employment area at the former ‘LEC’ runway site, which would likely entail the loss of part of the existing course to the north.
Working with the Club, HLM has undertaken an extensive site search for a suitable new home for the Golf Club taking account of criteria such as distance from the existing location and ability to accommodate the features that the Club is seeking at the new venue.
The new venue is proposed to be located on 180 acres of land south of Grevatt’s Lane and, at its closest point, is about 1.7 miles east of the existing clubhouse.
The proposals, which have been informed by extensive technical work and engagement with statutory and non- statutory bodies, would provide an improved outdoor sports/golf course facility as an asset for the wider Bognor area. A summary of the site’s constraints is illustrated below.