Chichester war target being considered as site for waste plant

A war-time Nazi bomb target on the outskirts of Chichester is being considered for a possible multi-million pound waste processing development.

The five-hectare site, near the A27 Bognor bridge roundabout, once a petrol storage depot for Tangmere’s famous Battle of Britain air base, was recently put forward as a possible park-and-ride site for the city.

But the district council has now dropped this idea, and West Sussex County Council is currently examining the potential for a ‘built waste facility’ on the land.

This would be industrial-type building or buildings that could be put to different uses, such as a waste transfer station, material recycling facility, mechanical biological treatment plant, or energy from waste plant.

The proposals were outlined at the county council’s south Chichester county local committee on Tuesday (July 12).

The former Ministry of Defence petrol depot is one of a shortlist of ten ‘preferred’ sites identified from a ‘long list’ of 35 assessed over the last two years.

Technical work needed to assess the preferred sites is on-going, and no decision has been made on which should go forward as allocations in a waste plan.

This decision will be made by the county council in October.

The committee agreed to forward comments to a select committee task force and the cabinet member for environment and economy.

These will include a recommendation to continue discussions with the district council about the site, and to stress the need for screening if a development goes ahead.