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Shops’ new look approved by Arun

Three national retailers are to be given smarter shopfronts in Bognor Regis.


Planning permission for the improvements at the Arun Retail Park has been given by Arun District Council.


The backing will see the premises of B&Q, Pets at Homes and Carpetright benefit from refurbished front elevations.


Council planning officer Amber Willard says in her report: “Much of the proposal replaces and upgrades materials and signage and, therefore, is considered to enhance the overall appearance of the retail unit.


“To unit C1 and C2 (Carpetright and Pets at Home), there will be a new shopfront involving the installing of glazing.


“This will enhance the appearance of the shopfront and will be in keeping with units at D1 and D2 (M&S Foodhall and Next) which already displays this facade.


“This will ensure the design is in keeping with the surrounding units which currently have a modern film appearance.


“There will also be new brick piers constructed which will match that which currently exists and will ensure the front elevation appears well integrated with the existing features.”


The unit occupied by B&Q, (unit A and B) will have new cladding installed by the site’s owner, BBC Pension Trust Ltd.


This will replace the existing material and be a similar design and colour.


The current entrance will also be redesigned, with a new entrance feature proposed.


This will consist of a slight extension to the lobby entrance with the roof becoming wider and taller.


The change will result in the loss of a parking space in front of the shop.


But Ms Willard said this would not make any difference to the overall parking provision.


“The development is, therefore, not considered to give rise to any adverse parking and highway issues,” she states.

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