I NOTED, but was not surprised, that the John Lewis Partnership has now confirmed it intends to use the Waitrose store in Storrington as an online shopping hub for Sussex.
The proposed use of this site as a distribution centre for John Lewis will add further traffic: delivery lorries from several locations; customers visiting the village solely for the purpose of collecting their internet purchases; and additional vans distributing these items around south Sussex.
None of this was shown or recorded in the planning application, nor when Waitrose made a presentation to Storrington Parish Council and the community in the meeting of September 20, 2011. Indeed when Waitrose representatives were asked to confirm the additional deliveries, they referred to ‘only three’ extra pantechnicon lorries per day.
I am wondering if Waitrose intends to use the store for a business that has not been considered within the planning process.
Storrington and Sullington Parish Council has already raised many serious concerns about the design and configuration of this superstore and parking, and its impact on the environment of the village, and this ‘new’ intention must be put back onto the agenda.
Waitrose has failed to provide all the details pertaining to the business to be conducted from this site, based in the heart of a village community, and therefore this planning application must be rejected.