Signs for a proposed convenience store in Aldwick have been approved.
Arun District Council has backed the proposals by One Stop Stores for the lit and unlit signs on the former Ship Inn.
More than 80 objections to the scheme at the Aldwick Street building were received by Arun.
But Amber Willard, a council planning officer, says in her report: “Given the extent of the advertisements already on the site, it is not considered that the proposal would give rise to a significantly unacceptable adverse impact upon the visual amenity of the building, with the signs predominantly replacing those already in place.
“Whilst the signage alters the appearance of the building due to the colour proposed, with previous signage in place, the alterations are not considered to result in a significant visual impact on the area or heritage asset, additional to that which is already achieved, in which a refusal is justified.”
One Stop wants to install three fascia signs, a hanging sign and three other signs. Protesters said they would be out of keeping in the area of special character, were inappropriate, would distract drivers and would degrade the building.
One Stop’s plans for a store have been put on hold by Arun for a traffic survey. A community share scheme to help to raise the £700,000-plus needed to re-open the pub is being prepared.