Plans to turn garden centre to business park

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PLANS to demolish a garden centre and turn it into a business park have met with local opposition.

Jefferson Holdings Ltd have submitted plans to Chichester District Council to change the use of the site in West Wittering, which is currently Bramber Plant Centre.

But West Wittering parish council has objected to the application, stating: ‘This is a rural site, close to the Chichester Harbour and tourism is key to the economic wellbeing of the village.

‘The proposal is unsuitable in this location and undesirable as it is close to residential properties.

‘There is no main drainage at the site even though the applicant has indicated that there is.

‘The site is low-lying and there are surface drainage problems associated with the immediate area.

‘There are several inaccurate statements and insufficient detail for the application to be properly considered.’

There were also calls for increased consultation with the community.

The council is expected to make a decision on the proposals by January 16.

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