A HERITAGE expert will assess the historic value of a former pub in Aldwick.
The inspector will visit The Ship Inn building to see if it is worth being listed.
The official from English Heritage has been requested to judge the importance of the building on Aldwick Street.
Arun District Council leader Gillian Brown said: “We have applied to have the building listed. We are waiting for a date for an inspector to come down and visit and have a look.”
Cllr Brown (C, Aldwick E) told Monday’s meeting of Aldwick Parish Council she had passed details about the building to Arun’s conservation officer, Martyn White, to see if it could be protected. Further facts had been provided by Aldwick parish councillor and local historian Gwen Stabler.
“We have a big file of information for the inspector to see,” she said at Monday’s meeting of Aldwick Parish Council.
She has lived in Aldwick for 40 years, during which the Ship Inn has been central to the community.
The Ship is believed to date from the late 19th century. As reported, Morrisons wants to replace the closed pub with an M Local convenience store. General planning rules mean this change of use can be carried out without further permission.
But Cllr Brown has also asked Mr White to consider any other planning measures to restrict the ability of Morrisons to go ahead with its proposals.
Parish council chairman Molly Myers said: “The residents are concerned about the licensing hours proposed for the store from 6am-midnight.”
Morrisons has told the parish council it will keep the identity of the Ship Inn in its signs. The company has also asked a highways consultant to look at the issue of pedestrians crossing towards the building.
Proposed delivery and parking plans and possible traffic calming measures will also be considered.
The company intends to start work in late September and open two months later.
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb met Friends of the Ship Inn at the former pub last Friday.
He expressed his concern at the loss of the neighbourhood pub and agreed its absence would harm the community. He pledged to see what could be done to help the Friends.