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.


Progress of Infrastructure provision within the Strategic Site or in Arun as a whole can be found in the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS)

The aim of this statement is to provide an update on all matters regarding developer contributions (Section 106 (S.106) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)) during the previous financial year.

Our first IFS was published in September 2020 to cover the period from April 2019 to 31st March 2020.  Please view our current IFS here: Infrastructure Funding Statement and Developer contributions | Arun District Council

The council collects all CIL contributions for all types of Infrastructure (from 1st April 2020) but it does not generally collect S.106 contributions for the provision of schools, highways, libraries or the fire service (although, in some cases S.106 for these items are retained for these projects, in agreement with the county council).  In most cases, these items are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council (WSCC).  Therefore our IFS should be read in conjunction with the WSCC IFS to identify how S.106 from specific development sites have been spent across the board.   

Please view the current WSCC IFS here: Section 106: Planning obligations - West Sussex County Council

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

February 2022: Outline Planning Application received with all matters reserved (except for the A29 Realignment) to provide up to 1,250 no. dwellings and associated infrastructure, care home/senior living accommodation, retail and community facilities, a primary school and open space under reference BN/11/22/OUT  This forms part of the Strategic Allocation for Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate.

December 2021: Planning permission has been granted under reference BN/153/20/PL for the construction of 44 no. dwellings and associated infrastructure (this forms part of the Strategic Allocation for Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate).

November 2021:  Planning permission has been granted under reference BN/135/20/PL for the construction of 30 no. dwellings, new access, public open space, landscaping and associated works (this forms part of the Strategic Allocation for Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate.

April 2021:  Have your say!  Lichfields are running a public consultation on the Southern Consortium Outline Application Process from 19th April to 16th May.  It describes details of the Outline proposals with an illustrative Masterplan reflecting what was in the Framework Masterplan, together with a key of identified areas.  You can view full details of the Lichfields consultation under their Web Site at where you can submit your comments regarding the proposals.  Please note this link does not form part of the Arun District Council Web Pages.

January 2021: Application BN/153/20/PL has been submitted for 44 dwellings at Warwick Nursery, Barnham Road.

December 2020:  The BEW Framework Masterplan was endorsed by the Council's Development Control Committee on 25th November, subject to the submission of a Phasing and Infrastructure Delivery Plan.  The Council anticipates that the Phasing and Infrastructure Delivery Plan will be brought before Development Control Committee for formal appending to the endorsed Framework Masterplan throughout Summer 2021. Application EG/22/19/OUT was dismissed at appeal, following refusal by Arun for 28 dwellings at Boweries, Barnham Road.  A resubmission has been submitted under reference BN/135/20/PL for 30 dwellings.

8 November 2020: Following further revisions on the leadup to Development Control Committee, a revised version of the Framework Masterplan: 00605B BEW Framework Masterplan Document Rev P3.pdf [pdf] 75MB has been submitted. The revisions in this document relate to confirmation of colourings in respect of parcels not anticipated to come forward and additional labelling including ‘Urban Extensions’ for consistency with the High Level Development Principles. These revisions have been requested by Officers as part of ongoing discussions.
This version will be put forward to Members for consideration at Development Control Committee on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

10 November 2020: This has been superseded by an amended version. Following further discussions with Officers and technical consultees following the October 2020 version of the Framework Masterplan, the developers have now provided an updated version of the Framework Masterplan.  This version is intended to be presented before Members of the Development Control Committee for consideration at the end of November 2020.  00605B_Framework Masterplan Document.pdf [pdf] 74MB

10 October 2020: The public consultation on the BEW Framework Masterplan has now closed.  Comments will be considered and the final version of the document will go to Development Control Committee in November/December.

October 2020: Following the public consultation on the BEW Framework Masterplan, the document has been amended and will be considered by Development Control Committee. View the BEW Framework Masterplan:
Chapter 1 - Introduction.pdf [pdf] 14MB
Chapter 2 - Planning Context.pdf [pdf] 6MB
Chapter 3 - The Vision & Framework Objectives.pdf [pdf] 7MB
Chapter 4 - About the Site.pdf [pdf] 29MB
Chapter 5 - The Framework Masterplan.pdf [pdf] 12MB
Chapter 6 - Responding to the Framework Objectives.pdf [pdf] 21MB
Chapter 7 - Statement of Engagement.pdf [pdf] 4MB
Chapter 8 - Phasing & Delivery.pdf [pdf] 3MB
Chapter 9 - Next Steps & Appendix.pdf [pdf] 4MB

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.



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