PLANS to build a new supermarket at Barnfield Drive near an existing Sainsbury’s were given the green light by councillors earlier today (Wednesday, August 19).
Concerns were raised at the planning committee over increased traffic at an already busy main entrance route into Chichester, along with a warning that it could be the “death knell” to city centre shops.
The plan, which is part of a two-phase redevelopment of the former landfill site, will see a supermarket covering more than 7,000 square metres in size as well as a petrol station built and create 300 new jobs.
The council’s planning officers recommended approval of the application and the district’s planning committee voted 9-3 in favour – subject to a number of conditions.
A more detailed planning application will have to be approved by Chichester District Council at a later stage.
Full story in the Chichester Observer, out on Thursday.