PERMISSION has been refused for a new restaurant in South Street.
Wagamama’s japanese restaurant and noodle bar had applied for planning permission to convert the site currently occupied by clothes shop Store Twenty One into a restaurant.
However Chichester District Council refused the application on the grounds it would undermine ‘the vitality and viability of the city centre.’
It added the proposal would result in a total of more than 15m of continuous non-retail shop fronts within the ‘primary shopping frontage area’ of the city.
The council added: “The proposal would result in the loss of a large retail unit, of which there are limited numbers within Chichester, with no evidence or marketing to demonstrate there is no demand for the unit in a retail use.”
The planning application was initially made in October.
The restaurant chain’s design and access statement said Store Twenty One’s lease expires next year but the clothes shop had already given formal notice to terminate its lease early and vacate.
The move to change the store from retail to a restaurant did not spark any letters of objection, and Chichester City Council supported the scheme.
However the city council added that it strongly advocated the display of the street number either on the shop fascia or other appropriate part of the shop front.
The restaurant design would have accommodated a maximum of 90 customers, and would have included the seating area on the ground floor, with customer toilets, kitchen and store rooms upstairs.