Barnfield Drive development in Chichester accused of ‘dumbing down’

The retail space will have a green park area running through the middle of it.
The retail space will have a green park area running through the middle of it.

DEVELOPERS behind a proposed retail unit outside Chichester have been accused of changing designs.

The proposed Barnfield Drive retail park has been granted outline planning permission and developers say a full application will be submitted soon.

But residents say the plans now show a very different park from the one initially proposed.

“We were initially sold this scheme on the premise that it would attract high-quality retailers in a parkland setting, including three restaurants, landscaping, a public square and open space,” said Westhampnett Road resident Alan Mee.

“In the latest presentation, there seemed to have been a general dumbing down with the park square squeezed into a third of its original space and only one restaurant.”

Residents said they feared ‘more building, more car parking and less green’ and were worried about the impact on the roads on the east side of the city.

More than 80 residents visited a recent public consultation hosted by the Brookhouse Group, the developer behind the scheme.

Group property director Mike Nuttall said on the whole, response was ‘very positive’ to the proposals.

“It’s perceived to be a strong location,” he said, adding they were making sure to listen to as many people as possible.