Southbourne, West Sussex
St. John's Church
Southbourne shown within West Sussex
|Area||10.68 km2 (4.12 sq mi) |
|Population||6,001  2001 Census|
|- Density||562 /km2 (1,460 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||57 miles (92 km) NE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Southbourne is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It lies to the east of Emsworth, the west of Chidham and south-east of Westbourne. Southbourne Parish comprises Lumley, Hermitage, Thornham, Prinsted and part of Nutbourne.
The parish has a land area of 1068.36 hectares (2639 acres). In the 2011 census 6261 people lived in 2595 households of whom 2762 were economically active. The Parish are undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan and are having to accommodate 350 dwellings within its boundary between 2014 and 2029.
Southbourne has a small railway station on the West Coastway Line between Southampton and Brighton. It is home to Bourne Community College, which takes secondary pupils from around the area, along with leisure and library facilities which serve surrounding villages and settlements. The Bourne Community College received an outstanding award in the 2008 Ofsted inspections. The A259 road, formerly designated A27 and the main coast route until the construction of a new dual carriageway, runs through the village.
The village encompasses various residential areas and an industrial estate populated mainly with metal work outlets. The area facing the south coast is known as Prinsted, known for its thatched roof properties. Actor Hugh Grant currently resides in Prinsted.
Chichester Harbour, a Site of Special Scientific Interest is partly within the parish. This is a wetland of international importance,a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a Special Area of Conservation. The harbour is of particular importance for wintering wildfowl and waders of which five species reach numbers which are internationally important.
Other villages in the parish include Breach.
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