A restaurant previously ordered to rip out its kitchen by Chichester District Council has applied for retrospective permission to keep it.
Chichester district councillor Pam Dignum has challenged the application from Wildwood in Southgate, saying the company has ‘resisted enforcement’, requesting it be decided at planning committee.
However, Wildwood owners Tasty plc stated in its planning documents that CDC had granted permission for it to build the ground floor kitchen in 2014 and ‘neither Tasty plc nor the council were aware that planning permission was needed to change the use of the rear extension at the time’.
Tasty said CDC withdrew a Listed Building Enforcement Notice and a Breach of Condition notice to demolish it on November 29, 2016.
However cllr Dignum said the kitchen is a ‘David and Goliath’ case between the company and residents next door, who have moved out to avoid ‘unbearable’ noise.
Cllr Dignum’s comments read: “Tasty have resisted removing it, resisted enforcement, have delayed for months (as has CDC) and made excuses about not knowing noise levels etc.
“This belated application shows no aim to remove, but to provide insulation which may not solve the problem.”
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