A decision on extensions and other changes proposed for a former village pub which is set to be converted into a Co-op store was deferred by the Chichester district’s southern area development control committee – after objections from local residents.
The scheme has been put forward for the former Bader Arms pub, in Tangmere.
Some of the residents’ concerns focused on noise nuisance from a proposed refrigeration plant. The deferment will allow the relocation of the plant further away from homes to be negotiated, and the application will be brought back to a future meeting for consideration.
Councillors heard that planning consent was not needed for the change of use from a pub to a store.
Consent was being sought for ‘minor extensions’, new shop fronts, an external compound to house a refrigeration plant, and minor alterations to the building including the installation of an ATM machine.
Tangmere Parish Council raised no objections, but there was opposition from residents living nearby, concerned about noise and disturbance from the plant and delivery vehicles.
One of them, Fiona Stenhouse, told the committee they would be disturbed by the operation of the plant day and night. It should be relocated well away from existing properties.
Christopher Manhire, representing the applicants, told the committee they would be prepared to restrict deliveries to between certain hours, and to relocate the refrigeration plant.
Tangmere representative Cllr Simon Oakley said the issue was not about the change from a pub to a shop but about whether the intensification of use could be appropriately managed.
“There is apparently no agreement to ensure overnight noise is kept to certain levels,” he added. He was also concerned about HGV movements.
Moving the refrigeration plant would have an effect on the street scene – this was a prominent site in the village.
Cllr Tricia Tull said her only major objection was over the siting of the plant.