Plans put forward to demolish a well-known public house in Donnington and replace it with 23 homes and a convenience store have sparked some concerns in the community.
The Selsey Tram pub at Stockbridge Road has already been boarded up and developers Bacchus hope to get planning permission to build houses and flats on the site – and maybe a post office and Co-op store.
Steve Gerhold of Stockbridge Road said: “I believe the closure of the Selsey Tram will have a very real and detrimental effect on the residents of Donnington.
“There is a large number of ‘grey voters’ in this area who will no longer have anywhere they can walk to, to have a pint and a chat.
“It it would be unreasonable to expect them to have to walk down to the pub at Dell Quay, or indeed negotiate the A27 and walk up into town.
“Many of these residents don’t get out very much as it is, and I fear their feeling of ‘well-being’ is not being best served by having yet another local facility taken away.”
Pub-goer Reg Percival, of Graydon Avenue, said: “I think it is a bad thing to close the pub. It has the biggest car park in Chichester and that attracted a lot of people.
“People who work at St Wilfrid’s use that car park, but now they are going to have to find parking spaces elsewhere.
“I think it is a bad decision. We’ve got a convenience store up the road, it is madness.”
A spokesman for Bacchus said: “Bacchus has put forward plans to redevelop the derelict site, putting a stop to the anti-social behaviour it attracts.
“In its place Bacchus is seeking to introduce high-quality private and affordable housing which will help local people make their first step on to the property ladder.
“The proposal features a new convenience store which will provide new employment opportunities for local people and increase the choice of shopping facilities in the area.
“Included in the proposal are plans to regenerate the site via attractive landscaping and replanting, and to make contributions towards sustainable transport links.”
He added: “At the request of the local community Bacchus entered into ongoing discussions with the Royal Mail to provide a new post office facility for the local area.”
Donnington Parish Council will be holding a meeting to discuss the plans next Wednesday. It will take place at Donnington Parish Hall and will start at 7pm. To view the plans quote the application reference number 11/01198/FUL on Chichester District Council’s website.