Chidham to get its first village shop

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A VILLAGE is set to get its first shop, following the demolition of an old petrol station.

The former Chidham Garage and service station will be knocked down and replaced with five three-bedroom houses, one four-bedroom house, and a retail unit for a shop with three two-bedroom flats above it.

A planning application for the work was approved at last Wednesday’s planning committee of Chichester District Council.

“I’m delighted to know there’s going to be a store there because I think it will be much needed,” said Funtington district councillor Julie Tassell.

She said it was a garage she used to use and had been run by a ‘lovely bunch of guys much missed’.

Southbourne district councillor Bob Hayes added: “Chidham has needed a community store for quite some time. This seems to be a well-though-out scheme getting the most out of the site.”

Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council had initially objected to the proposal by 77 Property Ltd.

However, it has since withdrawn the objection after the developer amended its initial plan, which contained less retail floor space.

Now, enough room for a shop has been added and the parish said it had no complaints as the revised proposal would result in ‘a development of net benefit to the parish as a whole’.