Retirement flats next to Novium refused

PLANS for apartments in the centre of Chichester sparked discussion over an ‘eyesore’.

McCarthy & Stone, the residential property developer, applied to Chichester District Council to build 16 later-living apartments on the site next to the Novium, in The Woolstaplers.

Planning permission was granted in 2011 for 26 apartments to be built on the site, but McCarthy & Stone since acquired the site and put forward a proposal for 16 homes.

“I think the museum is spectacular and I remember when we designed the museum we also took regard of what we would like to see next door to it and I don’t think it meets the criteria,” said Janet Duncton at a meeting of CDC’s planning committee on Wednesday, August 21.

However, not all councillors were in agreement, with Tricia Tull describing the museum as ‘bland’.

Committee chairman Andrew Smith said he had ‘sympathy’ with the applicant, because although he said their design was not good enough, nor was the design which currently had planning permission for the site.

“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” he said.

Andrew Frost, CDC’s assistant director of development management said the council wanted the site to be developed ‘as soon as possible’.

“At the moment we have an eyesore adjacent to the museum,” said Graeme Barrett.

Councillors voted nine to five in favour of refusing the new scheme.