17/00747/FUL Costa 69 – 70 East Street PO19 1JX External seating.
Objection. A licence is required from the Highways Authority (WSCC) to block the thoroughfare. Such outside areas are inevitably subject to ‘creep’ and studs are needed to clearly mark the agreed area in agreement with WSCC. The screens surrounding the area will require separate planning permission if they include advertising. We are concerned with the effects of blocking the pavement and forcing pedestrians over the curb onto the cambered road surface, particularly for the disabled and elderly. Extra congestion on Market Days is also a concern.
17/00974/FUL 3 The Boardwalk Northgate Change of use of the existing building comprising shops and hair salon (class A1) and cafe (class A3), to form 1 no. restaurant on ground floor (class A3), 4 no. 1 bed maisonettes and 1 no. 2 bed flat (class C3) including associated access.
Objection. We deplore the loss of retail and office premises in central Chichester and consider that the existing use should be maintained. The proliferation of roof-lights damages the ‘look’ of this building in a prominent position, and the internal alterations will hide the historic Victorian timber roof trusses. There is serious concern that the flats and restaurant proposed would overload the waste-water treatment works, as per the correspondence from Southern Water.
17/00946/FUL and 17/00947/LBC 150 St Pancras PO19 7SH Change of use from A1 and C3 to A3 (restaurant).
Strong objection. While we would welcome the return of this important seventeenth
century building to use, we have a number of major concerns. A kitchen could not be installed without altering or removing existing historic fabric and would require an unsightly air extraction unit. There are no details of fire-escape provision from the upper floor nor of the waste disposal facilities intended. We note the apparent inconsistency in refusing an earlier planning application for a micro-brewery on this site which would have had shorter opening hours and not required airextraction equipment or alterations to the historic fabric.
17/00563/LBC 71-72 North Street PO19 1LP Retention of ground floor shop unit with structural repair, modification and foul drainage works. Conversion of the first and second floor shop ancillary space into a 2 bedroom 4 person residential flat with associated works.
Strongly Object. The work proposed will destroy historic fabric in this important seventeenth-century building. The age of the building quoted on the documents (1790) is clearly inaccurate. The building is so important that commercial considerations should not override historicity. This application should have been referred to the Historic Buildings Advisor but was not.
17/00489/FUL Unicorn House 8 Eastgate Square PO19 1JN Change of use to A3 restaurant to ground floor, new entrance doors and fire exit doorway, mechanical extract shaft to internal lightwell and acoustic plant enclosure to flat roof.
Object. A more visually appropriate and less intrusive design for the extraction equipment.is required. We are concerned regarding the noise and disturbance created for local residents by the disposal of bottles and consider that saturation point has already been reached in the number of catering establishments in the immediate area.
17/00565/FUL and 17/00566/LBC 31 North Street PO19 1LX Removal of existing timber enclosure to courtyard. Proposed single storey rear extension and erection of timber decking with glazed balustrade. Form window opening in internal load-bearing wall.
Object. The extension is over large and should be in timber rather than aluminium and there are no details of the holes it is planned to cut in the internal walls.
No objection in principle, as more details of materials have now been provided. We consider that blinds should be fitted to the Velux windows to minimize light pollution. The single-ply roof membrane seems rather cheap and we would prefer a lead or zinc-covered roof.