Indian takeaway in East Wittering gets green light despite fears of noise

A CHANGE of use from a shop to an Indian tandoori takeaway will ‘enhance the vitality’ of part of East Wittering, Chichester district councillors were told by planning officers.

East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council objected to the scheme on the grounds of noise, smells and late-night opening hours.

But the district’s southern area development control committee voted to give planning permission for the change, at a delicatessen and sandwich shop, in Shore Road.

Recommending approval, officers said the proposed closing time was 11pm every day of the week, and the premises were in a predominantly commercial part of the village already subject to high levels of vehicular and pedestrian activity throughout the daytime and evening periods.

This part of the village was an appropriate location for the takeaway, which would enhance its vitality without detracting from residential amenity, road safety or the character of the area, they said.

Cllr Graeme Barrett, representing the local area, said the premises were in the commercial area.

“There are other takeaways in the area – Chinese, Indian and fish and chips,” he added.

“This is a busy tourist area, and there is a very large caravan park nearby whose residents tend to use facilities in East Wittering.”