Supermarket plans rapped by council

The Royal Oak, East Wittering.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130058-1 Chi Royal Oak ENGSUS00120130115151515
The Royal Oak, East Wittering.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130058-1 Chi Royal Oak ENGSUS00120130115151515

THE SOUTHERN-COOPERATIVE was rapped by councillors over last-ditch changes to its village supermarket plans.

The firm is due to complete work this summer demolishing the Royal Oak pub in East Wittering and replacing it with a new supermarket.

However, it applied to Chichester District Council to amend deadlines for when it needed to provide certain information to the council, to allow it to start work before all the information was provided.

However, the district council’s planning committee dug its heels in on January 7, refusing to grant permission to certain conditions, such as the need to provide details over its surface water disposal scheme before development started.

“Time and time again developers want to go ahead with a development without conditions being agreed,” said East Wittering district councillor Graeme Barrett. “They’ve had a whole year to submit them and have them agreed by our officers.”

It remains to be seen if the decision will delay the supermarket’s opening date.