Barnham, Eastergate, Westergate (BEW)



The Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 identifies a number of ‘Strategic Allocations’ which are areas of land (sites) that have been identified to provide residential and commercial development to meet local housing and employment needs throughout the plan period (2011-2031).

The BEW sites will collectively provide at least 2,300 dwellings over the Local Plan period and up to 3,000 in total. Development will preserve the separate identities of the villages so that the design of any development, open space and landscaping shall ensure continuity between the existing landscape setting and the villages. Housing shall be designed around a Linear Park which follows along the Lidsey Rife. A comprehensive strategy for surface water management will be developed in line with specific recommendations for this locality, in the Arun Strategic Surface Water Management Study.

Significant views to and from the South Downs shall be incorporated into the site.

A Community Hub will include a new, well connected local centre, with connections to Barnham Train Station, supporting and respecting the relationship with existing facilities within the Six Villages Area. Financial contributions will provide new retail, commercial and community facilities, together with a new Tier 7 library and healthcare to serve BEW and Fontwell.

A new A29 route will provide linkages between the A27 to the north and the A259 to the south with a new bridge over the railway to the east of the current Woodgate crossing. Provision of an East-West route north of the railway line will join the existing and new A29 route and continue eastwards towards Barnham railway station, providing maximised access for all modes of transport, with additional car parking to serve facilities in Barnham’s centre, regular Bus services linking BEW with Bognor Regis, local facilities and employment and creation of a Westergate Link Cycle Scheme in addition to further cycle routes to/from Bognor Regis and linkages.

A new two-form entry primary school, a new one-form (expandable to two-form) entry primary school and nursery places will be provided, together with two new sports pitches and changing facilities. Planned new employment provision will also be incorporated into the development.

Please view the details below to see an overview of development as it gets approval on this site. Please note that it will take some time to implement and complete the applications on this site, due to the large site area and the amount of development required. Therefore, it will likely happen in smaller stages. 

We will provide updates to bring you the latest information.

If you wish to contact us regarding any of the Strategic Sites, please email


Latest News

September 2020: Council calls for views on Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate Framework Masterplan.
The Framework Masterplan and accompanying Statement of Community Involvement can be viewed here:  14677 BEW FM Statement of Community Involvement 11-09-2020.PDF [pdf] 4MB

March 2020:  Please see the  High Level Development Principles BEW.docx [docx] 404KB information as agreed by the Councils Planning Policy committee (recommended to Full Council for 18th March).  These will, once agreed, be a material planning consideration.

December 2019: Application  BN/65/19/OUT has been refused.

September 2019: Application BN/65/19/OUT was received for development at Bexstone House.

Application EG/22/19/OUT at Boweries is awaiting decision following refusal of EG/42/18/OUT.

Application AL/72/19/PL was received for land at Ryefields. This is a resubmission following refusal of AL/118/18/OUT.

Application AL/75/19/PL was received for land at Bridge Cottage, Lidsey. An appeal has been received for refusal of AL/20/18/OUT.

July 2019: A public consultation exercise was carried out between 26 February and 2 March 2019 by West Sussex County Council Highways Office where there was the opportunity to view and discuss the proposed plans for the new A29 route.  This new road will be provided to serve the new housing developments and take the bulk of the traffic away from the railway crossing at Westergate Street. You can see details of the scheme, including the proposed route of the new road, on the WSCC website by following this link  

March 2017: an application for 350 homes was submitted for a site known as ‘Land East of Westergate’ by Cala Homes, which is awaiting a decision. View details of this application under reference AL/15/17/PL.

Application AL/118/18/OUT at Ryefields has been refused.

Application AL/129/18/OUT at Land East of Orchard Gardens has been refused.

Application AL/20/18/OUT at Bridge Cottage, Lidsey has been refused.



Please see attached: 00605_BEW_Framework Masterplan_FM_01_RevA.pdf [pdf] 33MB

The overview of the individual proposals will be available to view as the applications are approved