A new Lidl store for the Bognor Regis area has been given the go-ahead.
Arun District Council has approved plans for the discount convenience retail food outlet.
The store will be built at Oldlands Farm, alongside the A29 Shripney Road, in North Bersted.
It will replace the existing Lidl in The Peel Centre in Rowan Way on the opposite side of Shripney Road.
David Spring, an Arun planning officer, said in his report the store was an acceptable use of a site long earmarked by the council for jobs.
“The proposed development of the site would comprise capital investment into a strategic site which is an employment allocation in the local plan and a fundamental part of the Enterprise Bognor Regis initiative.
“The development would generate £1.9m per annum in wages for local people.
“The proposed Lidl store will employ up to 40 full-time equivalent staff in store (comprising a mixture of full-time and part-time positions) but including all staff from the existing Peel Centre store,” he states.
The new store will have 1,410sq m of sales space. Food will be sold from 80 per cent of the space.
The site, next to the Bognor Regis relief road, has been subject to several planning applications for retail use which have established the principle of the use of the land.
Mr Spring said the council’s planning consultants had agreed the location was the most suitable around Bognor Regis for the new Lidl store.
Its opening will not have a ‘significantly adverse’ impact on the town centre.
“There is therefore no reason to refuse the application on retail planning grounds,” he adds.
The store will have 149 parking spaces, which will include two electric vehicle chargers. Provision for further electric chargers has been included. The scheme will also increase cycling and walking by paying for the existing path along the A29’s eastern side to be extended between the relief road and the Oldlands Way roundabout.
This is in line with a request from Bersted Parish Council for a better pedestrian/cycle link in the area. Three letters of objection to the plans were received by Arun. All concerned traffic matters.