Green light for major Angmering leisure development

Councillors unanimously approved plans for a major leisure development in Angmering this afternoon (Wednesday, October 5).

Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 5:29 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:36 am
An aerial plan of proposals for Rustington Golf Centre, left, expanding the Out of Bounds facilities

The expansion of the Out of Bounds facility, part of the Rustington Golf Centre complex, was rubber stamped by Arun District Council’s development control committee.

The significant investment includes plans for a 63-bedroom hotel, pub-restaurant, nine five-a-side football pitches, nursery and an indoor trampoline and laser tag centre.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, director Charlotte Langmead said: “The popularity of Out of Bounds has been fantastic and it’s showed us there was the great need and public desire for further wellbeing, health and fitness facilities in the area.”

The proposed additions will be sited on the current three-hole academy golf course, described in a report to councillors as under-used.

The report suggests the plans would add to the tourist offer, with the trampoline centre a specialist leisure facility unique to the area.

The application also included provision of a ‘forest adventure’ kiosk, highlighted as a future opportunity.

This could involve a high-wire and platform adventure course through the trees – but further details will be required by Arun before it was constructed.

The plans factored in an additional 234 parking spaces to meet expected demand.

Objections were received from Angmering and Rustington parish councils, with concerns including accessibility and potential safety issues linked to an increase in vehicle movements.

Mrs Langmead said the application had since been amended to include a pedestrian and cycle path between the existing A259 footpath north of the Sainsbury’s pedestrian crossing, west of the site.

No further comments were received from the parishes after the amendment.

Mrs Langmead said: “I feel the parish councils have always been very supportive of any development. We started up with Rustington Golf Centre at the very beginning and we’ve been expanding all the way along.

“We have always done what we can to do the best job for the community.”

Arun officers recommended approval of the application, noting the improvements to pedestrian access.

Councillors made no comments as the plans were swiftly voted through.