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A PETITION against plans to turn a shopping parade into a single unit has gained nearly 700 signatures.

Plans are afoot to turn Little London Walk – a 19-unit arcade in Chichester – into a single unit for a high-street chain.

The owners, PMB Holdings, have submitted a planning application to Chichester District Council, and TK Maxx is thought to be interested.

All but four of the 19 units are empty.

However, a petition against the change has been signed by 690 people, with campaigners saying it should remain as a walk of little shops.

Objector Susan Bromell, from Chichester, said a TK Maxx store would be more suitable in an out-of-town retail park.

But Johnny de Lisle, director of PMB Holdings, said: ‘The simple fact is not enough people shop in Little London Walk to make it viable.

‘Since buying Little London Walk in 2007, we have spent more than £250,000 on refurbishment and marketing in an attempt to attract tenants and shoppers.’