Committee to consider controversial bus turning plans

Horsham District Council's planning committee (south) will discuss the application on Tuesday (October 17)
Horsham District Council's planning committee (south) will discuss the application on Tuesday (October 17)
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Controversial plans to reconfigure a bus turning facility in Storrington are due to be discussed next week.

Supermarket giant Waitrose proposed the rationing of the turning circle, in Old Mill Drive, Storrington, following a decision to drop expansion plans for a larger store on the same site.

However residents previously opposed the changes, arguing that forcing buses to make tighter u-turns in a heavily pedestrianised would be ‘a major safety issue’.

Horsham District Council’s planning committee (south) is due to discuss the full planning application at a meeting in Chartway, Horsham, on Tuesday (October 17).

The committee will also consider plans for a replacement pedestrian footpath to the east of the turning facility and a new uncontrolled crossing point.

Storrington Parish Council has objected to the application stating the turning point is ‘very tight’ restricting future vehicle options.

The parish council said a reconfigured bus turning point would be a ‘safety hazard to both pedestrians and vehicles’ and would cause an ‘increase in traffic’ due to the restricted turning area.