Support for new Chichester retail park

CGI image of the proposed Barnfield Park development.'Contributed by PPS Group.
CGI image of the proposed Barnfield Park development.'Contributed by PPS Group.
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Developers for the proposed Barnfield Park retail area in Chichester have reported strong support following a public exhibition held last week.

Brookhouse Group, which put forward the plans, said around 240 people had turned up to the event at St Pancras Parish Hall on Thursday and Friday, with plenty of feedback from residents.

According to the company, more than half of those who responded on the day said they would visit the site if planning permission was granted.

The plans for a new recreation park at the heart of the proposals received strong support, with 72 per cent saying it was important or very important, and a similar number welcomed the new jobs that would be created.

Tom Whitehead of Brookhouse Group said: “We were delighted with the turnout and very pleased to get lots of feedback on our early proposals.

“The responses will help us to develop our plans and we are pleased to see that two-thirds of people who responded to our questionnaire feel that Barnfield Park is somewhere they would visit in future.

“I’d like to thank all those who attended and left their views with us. We will be reviewing all of the responses and will be looking closely at how we ensure the issues raised by local people are addressed.”

Last week Daniel Griffiths of the Brookhouse Group said there was already considerable interest in the units from businesses, something they expect to grow if they gain planning consent.

“It’s in our interest that we develop a scheme that can attract good tenants – we need to make sure we have got things right,” he said.

The two-storey buildings would be screened from the nearby housing area by existing trees and new landscaping. Access would be gained from two points: a mini roundabout on St Pancras opposite Church Road, and from Barnfield Drive.

There are four retail units planned for the site and also plans for two restaurant areas and a cafe point in the middle of the linear park, which follows the River Lavant.

The site had formerly been earmarked as a potential park-and-ride venue for the city, but that idea was scrapped earlier this year.

The company is hoping if the development goes ahead, improvements will be made to the highways and public transport links; there will also be a landscaping plan put in place and new footpaths and cycleways created.

The company said it would be keeping the community fully updated and invited people to contact them about the proposals. It has set up a dedicated freephone community helpline number on 0800 019 2054 for anyone wanting more information.