THE £20M first phase of a major non-food retail development proposed for former gravel workings in Chichester won the backing of city councillors.
A final decision on an application for planning permission will be taken by the district council, and the city council’s planning and conservation committee agreed to raise no objection.
The first phase is expected to create around 100 new jobs, if it goes ahead.
A later second phase will bring the total cost up to £45m, with some 400 full and part-time jobs in the development as a whole.
The Brookhouse Group is expected to submit an application for the second phase at a later stage.
City councillors were told West Sussex County Council, the local highway authority, was raising no objection to the application for the first phase, subject to a series of conditions.
These included the preparation of a travel plan, traffic calming measures in Barnfield Drive, mitigation measures at the Sainsbury’s roundabout, a pedestrian crossing in Barnfield Drive, and a traffic signing strategy for the area.
Chairman Cllr Michael Woolley said the main way of alleviating stress on Westhampnett Road was to direct traffic on to the old A27.
“I think this will get people from outside Chichester into the habit of exiting that way, which will alleviate the situation at the Sainsburys roundabout,” he added.