IN ADDITION to all the other concerns about Waitrose’s plans for a superstore, in the heart of the Downland village of Storrington, is use of this site to act as a distribution centre for the John Lewis internet shopping business.
This undertaking has only been ‘hinted at’, but the reality is shown in the unclear design drawings, depicted as ‘E-Commerce’ area, included within the application.
The use of this ‘base’ as a major distribution centre for John Lewis online shopping will bring with it considerable additional vehicle deliveries and outbound distribution traffic. None of this is shown or recorded in the application.
In its presentation to the parish council and the community in the meeting of September 20, 2011, no mention was made of this, and when Waitrose representatives were asked to confirm the additional pantechnicon deliveries, they referred to ‘only three’ extra per day.
Since additional traffic and pollution in the village, which is already the subject of an Air Quality Management Assessment, is a major concern, then I believe that it is essential that Waitrose declare now, exactly what is the intended use of this site, both as a food superstore and as an outlet for the John Lewis Partnership.
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 I am pleased to note that our neighbouring parish council, West Chiltington, has also raised objection to the application and the proposed size of the store.
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.