Plan to change layout of House of Fraser store 

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PART of a department store in a town could be turned back into a shop.

Plans for 11 West Street at House of Fraser in Chichester request the space be recreated as an individual property, blocking up the internal connection to the rest of the House of Fraser building at number 12.

Listed building consent is required for the works which include changes to staircases and the front entrance.

Instead of a shop window and separate door, designs show the shop would have a fascia sign across the whole of the shop front and a double door entrance in the centre.

It is not clear from the plans which business is expected to move into the unit, which will also have a store and office spaces as well as staff facilities at first and second-floor levels.

Applicant Mistletoe Properties has provided historic pictures of 11 West Street to support the changes. House of Fraser is due to close on January 27.

Splitting the former Army and Navy store into smaller units has previously been mentioned by the store’s landlord as one way of re-letting the space.