Wagamama appeals planning refusal for Chichester city centre

A JAPANESE restaurant refused planning permission in Chichester has appealed the decision.

Wagamama’s application was turned down by the district council in December, as it looked to move into a building on South Street currently occupied by Store Twenty One.

The decision was refused on the basis it would mean more than 15m of non-retail frontage in the city centre.

A petition was launched to bring the noodle bar to Chichester, which now has more than 700 signatures.

“We are delighted with the support and enthusiasm local residents of Chichester have given towards a new Wagamama restaurant and we would like to extend our thanks for this,” said Sharon Cawthorne, director of property at Wagamama.

“It is encouraging to see so many people signing the public petition and we certainly hope that we can still arrive in Chichester in 2013.”

Anyone affected by the proposal, and others who made representations on the original application, have until March 15 to write a letter to the planning inspectorate.

Letters should be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/05 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the reference number APP/L3815/A/13/02190618/NWF.