‘Issues addressed’ as Morrisons plans are put to council

A visual showing the street view of how the development would look
A visual showing the street view of how the development would look
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PLANS for a Morrisons supermarket on a mixed-use development have finally been submitted to Adur Council.

Quora Developments Ltd and Morrisons submitted the plans this week for the Frosts Garage and Minelco Chemicals site on Brighton Road.

They said approval would represent a significant step forward in the delivery of the wider regeneration vision for the Western Harbour Arm.

Consulation last month saw nearly 1,000 people attend a two-day exhibition and of those, 71 per cent supported the mixed-use development, 23 per cent were opposed and six per cent made no response.

Ben Ellis, of Quora Development Ltd, said: “The planning application which we have submitted is the result of 18 months’ evolution and consultation, both in terms of content and design.

“The delivery of a new foodstore, as close to the town centre as could possibly be located, will not only provide choice and competition to consumers but presents a real opportunity for local people to make linked trips to the town centre, increasing footfall and boosting its vitality.

“With the development’s approach to car parking management and commitment to invest in and improve the public realm via the S106 agreement, this proposal represents a real lifeline for the shops and services of the town centre.”

The companies say most of the issues raised by the objectors either have been, or will be, addressed in the planning application, or through the planning process.

The application is hybrid, with elements of both detail and outline, in two phases.

The detailed application is for a new Morrisons supermarket, creating in the region of 375 new jobs, with a 438-space car park, petrol station/car wash, riverside facing café and terrace.

Eight flats, two small retail units, new traffic-controlled access, landscaping, new flood defences and a riverside walk also form part of the detailed plan.

Phase two, the outline application, features up to 62 new flats, with associated car parking and landscaping, and a commercial development to accommodate the relocation of Frosts.

This element of the proposal would be delivered following submission of a detailed planning application, which is expected early next year.

David Bevan, of Morrisons, said: “We are delighted to be part of this proposal. We have been overwhelmed with the level of public support for these plans and the warm welcome Morrisons have been given.

“Let’s now hope for a speedy and positive determination of this application so we can get on and deliver a new store, which we would like to see open in the spring of 2015.”

One of the key benefits of the proposal is said to be the management of the car park, which is part surface and part undercroft. A planning condition will allow for up to three hours’ free parking, allowing visitors time to visit the town centre.