Planning experts have called for more facts about a proposed store in a former Aldwick pub.
They said the information given by One Stop Stores for its proposed convenience outlet in the one-time Ship Inn was inadequate.
Alison Meeus, of West Sussex County Council’s planning services, said the company had failed to provide enough facts about the changes it wanted to delivery schedule agreed in 2014 for the original store on the site.
She has told Arun District Council’s consultation about the plans:
“The current conditions restrict the number of deliveries, three per day, and provide specific restrictions on the times when deliveries are permitted.
“The proposed delivery management scheme put forward by One Stop will see an increase in the number of weekly delivery vehicles and a change to these timings.
“Therefore, the proposal to lift the restrictions on the number and timing of deliveries will require more scrutiny with regards to highway safety.”
To understand the difference between the proposals and the approved plans, the sizes for all proposed vehicles was required, she said.
The anticipated daily number of vehicles during a week was also needed, though the application gives the impression this will be 35.
A location plan where the loading/unloading will take place was needed as well, she said, along with a study to show how the different sized vehicles can use the existing site.
One Stop should also be beware of the need to implement outstanding conditions from the previous approval. These included safety improvements around the building in Aldwick Street, she said.
By this week, 97 objections from residents to the intended delivery variations to allow One Stop to open had been received by Arun.
They included Ken Perry, of Stanbrok Close. He told the council the two earlier stores at the site caused traffic chaos.
“The highway at this point is quite narrow and became completely blocked when large articulated lorries were manoeuvring in an effort to park prior to unloading at the stores, causing tailbacks of traffic to the roundabout at Barrack Lane to the west and Chawkmare Coppice to the east.”
Aldbourne Drive resident Peter Cole says in his objection:
“The applicant will no doubt say that delivery vehicles will reverse into the car park and not block the road but, if the nearby Tesco convenience store in Aldwick Road is anything to go by, it simply will not happen.”
As reported, Aldwick Parish Council has objected to the scheme for safety reasons. A community campaign has been launched to re-open the pub, which shut in 2014, to raise the £450,000 to buy the empty building.