Waste plans for Chichester fuel depot

Former fuel depot off the A259
Former fuel depot off the A259

A BUS depot, retail site and waste facility have all been proposed for a former target of Nazi propaganda.

The former MOD fuel depot, off the A259 Bognor Road, was formally allocated earlier this year as a site for a waste management facility by West Sussex County Council.

This month, Hunter Page Planning wrote to the head of planning at Chichester District Council Andrew Frost to request an environmental assessment impact screening was carried out for 
the 4.8ha site.

Jenny Henderson, from Hunter Page, wrote: “At this stage, the type and approximate extent of development is for up to 22,000sq ft of retail, a waste facility covering one hectare, a bus depot covering approximately 0.8ha, a mix of employment uses (B1/B2/B8 and trade counter) and associated car parking and landscaping.

B8 business use is generally for storage and distribution, with B1 and B2 for general industrial business.

Last year, the change of use of the site from a distribution depot to a waste transfer station was given the thumbs-up by the county council.

Over the years, there has been 
plenty of discussion about what the future holds for the site.

The latest plan, including a bus depot, appears to indicate there is the possibility of the site being partly used for a park-and-ride facility for Chichester city centre.

In 2011, the district council considered the possibility of the site being used for a park-and-ride, at a meeting behind closed doors, however confirmed afterwards there were ‘no definite proposals’.

According to the county council’s waste plan, the site has the capacity to deliver a single waste management facility on a section of the site, as part of the ‘comprehensive redevelopment of the site involving complementary non-waste uses’.

“The actual waste management capacity achieved on the site would depend upon the specific type of facility and the chosen technology,” it said.

The Observer has tried to contact Hunter Page Planning for more details on the proposals, but did not receive a reply before going to press.

To view the letter from Hunter Page, visit www.chichester.gov.uk and search for planning application 14/02813/EIA.