Chichester Crematorium to help Barnfield plans

Outlined in green is the size of the site the Brookhouse Group are looking to develop.
Outlined in green is the size of the site the Brookhouse Group are looking to develop.

AN EXTENSION to a garden of remembrance will aid the development of the Barnfield Drive site if plans are passed.

Brookhouse, the developers for the Barnfield Drive site in Chichester, has agreed a land swap with Dignity, the owners of Chichester Crematorium.

A planning application submitted to Chichester District Council said Brookhouse requires a parcel of land on the south west corner of the Chichester Crematorium to ‘deliver a suitable highway solution’.

In return, Dignity will gain a new stretch of land for its Garden of Remembrance, which will include a new footbridge, an area on the opposite side of the River Lavant and a 2.1m high galvanised steel fence to enclose the area.

Tom Whitehead, town planning manager for the Brookhouse Group, said: “There is currently an application for phase two of the Barnfield Drive development.

“As part of that there is a new roundabout proposed for Westhampnett Road.

“In order to develop that in a safe manner we have agreed to do a straight forward land swap with the owners of the crematorium while providing a nice area of reflection for them too.”

A planning application for phase two of the development – two retail warehouse buildings, two ancillary buildings, a petrol filling station and car parking – was submitted in November last year and is set to go before Chichester District Council’s planning committee in the spring.

Alterations to the Barnfield Drive development were passed at the planning committee meeting at the beginning of January.

The decision, which included allowing the minimum size of retail units to be decreased, was met with fears from some councillors that the development would affect the ‘vibrancy and vitality’ of the city centre.

Although it has not yet been announced which businesses will come to Barnfield, Mr Whitehead said: “There are a number of retailers looking to come to Chichester who simply cannot find the space they need in the city centre.”