The future of access and parking in East Street, Horsham, will be subject to examination by an independent inspector.
That was the decision taken at a recent meeting of North Horsham County Local Committee.
An experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been active since earlier in the year with restricted access to all vehicles in East Street and Market Square during core shopping hours (10.30am and 4.30pm).
It also included the relocation of designated loading bays and parking spaces for blue badge holders.
After considering response from the formal consultation, the Committee decided to advance with a recommendation to proceed to a public inquiry.
Committee Chairman Brad Watson OBE said: “During the consultation period we received a large amount of feedback.
“While a substantial amount of this was positive, we did receive some objections.
“The county council has a duty of care for all road users and must take a balanced view to ensure we are acting in the best interests of the community as a whole.
“Any action taken must support to the area’s businesses and provide stability for economy of the town, as well as meeting the needs of residents and shoppers.
“This is an emotive issue, which has clearly struck a chord with many people in Horsham.
“That’s why we feel it is right to pursue an independent Public Inquiry to assess the conflicting requirements.”
Following the inquiry, the findings – along with any recommendations - will be presented to North Horsham CLC next year.