A PLAN to build four flats on top of The Parade in Bracklesham was dismissed at appeal.
Planning inspector Nick Fagan said the floor-to-ceiling heights proposed for the flats were ‘barely adequate’ and suggested noise and smells from the takeaway units on the first floor could affect future occupiers of the flats.
The three retail units are currently home to three takeaways: Pizza Plus, The Bay, and Shakib Indian Takeaway.
The applicant, Golam Yahiya of Hertfordshire, planned to keep three retail units, but build an extra two floors on top of the property, for four flats.
Chichester District Council officers refused the application initially in October 2013.
The reasons for refusal included ‘unacceptable levels of noise, fumes and disturbances to the detriment of future occupiers’.
The council also said the second-floor flats would ‘result in an unsatisfactory form of habitable accommodation, being cramped and contrived living spaces’.
The planning inspector agreed and said the homes would be ‘unduly cramped’ and the situation was ‘less than ideal’.