New Chichester retail park plans set to be unveiled

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Plans for a new retail park which could create more than 400 jobs in the city will be unveiled to the public this week.

The company behind the project to develop the land off Barnfield Drive, adjacent to Homebase, and Chichester Crematorium, are urging members of the public to have their say at the exhibition.

The plans, by the Brookhouse Group, will be on show next Thursday from 2pm-7pm and Friday from 1pm-6pm at St Pancras Parish Hall, at 101 St Pancras in Chichester.

It is the first time the project, which includes a green park area around the River Lavant, will be on show to residents. The company is hoping to attract ‘household’ names to the city, which at the moment cannot find premises big enough.

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

Tom Whitehead of Brookhouse Group, which also owns the Homebase store next to the development area, said the company was keen to get feedback about its plans before a planning application was submitted.

“We are excited about the fantastic opportunity to deliver a refreshing new retail offer to Chichester that this site presents,” he said.

“We have created an innovative riverside park concept as the centrepiece for the proposed new retail units, which we believe will raise the bar for the standard of retail warehouse parks in the local area.

“We want to get feedback on our proposals and welcome people to come and take a look at the plans at this early stage.

“The plans will make good use of the former landfill site and will attract local shoppers to stay in the city, instead of venturing further afield and spending in other towns.

“A number of household name retailers want to come into Chichester, but cannot find suitable premises, and we believe this scheme will help meet this demand whilst supporting the city centre.

“We really want to get people’s comments on the proposals, after which we will work up an application.”

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

For more information about the proposals call 0800 019 2054.