Green light for Westhampnett HGV site

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A TESTING site for HGVs is set to be built in Westhampnett – providing trees will be planted to improve the view.

Permission for the site, which is based at the council’s contract services depot in Stane Street, was granted by Chichester District Council planning committee on Wednesday.

The plans will see a new corrugated steel building with three testing lanes for HGVs, car parking and access to Stane Street.

However, councillor Gordon McAra said he would be pleased if ‘one or two trees’ could be planted.

“Just because it looks industrial doesn’t mean you can’t improve on it. This planning committee spends a lot of time insisting on landscape planning.

“Now we have our own application coming in, we should apply the same standards.”

Cllr Martyn Bell said the committee ‘owed’ it to the 
residents who will be living opposite in the Westhampnett 
and north-east Chichester strategic housing area specified in the local plan.

The HGV site will operate between 7am-5pm.