Parish council to meet with store over plans

WAITROSE is meeting with Storrington Parish Council to discuss its plans to expand its store in Storrington..

The supermarket chain wants to almost triple the size its store in Old Mill Square from 8,000 square feet to more than 21,000 square feet.

Business owners and those living in the area have voiced concerns about the increase, feeling it is inappropriate for the size of the village.

Increased traffic congestion and a shortage of car parking spaces remain significant issues for many.

Waitrose responded to these concerns in the County Times on August 25.

The Parish Council has invited Waitrose to its next meeting to present outline ideas for the development, and to answer some questions that need to be addressed to the body.

A Waitrose spokesperson said: “As part of our ongoing consultation with the local community we are meeting with the Parish Council to discuss the details of the proposal and answer any questions.”

An open day was held in June, in which people could look at the plans and fill out a comment card in relation to their views on the development. The store found that 278 people completed the survey, 159 of those indicated their outright support and 85 indicated their support with reservations.

A formal application has yet to be submitted to Horsham District Council.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday September 20, at 7pm at the Parish Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington.