Tesco seeks permission to turn pub into Express

A PUB in the centre of Barnham could be turned into a convenience store.

Tesco has submitted five planning applications to Arun District Council which could see the Barnham Bridge Inn, in Barnham Road, become one of the supermarket’s Express stores.

Tesco is seeking permission to install a cash machine at the front of the premises, make minor external alterations and create a new shopfront and put in signs.

In documents accompanying the application, Sophie Hinton, a planner on behalf of Tesco’s agents CgMs Consulting said: “The installation of a new shopfront and external minor alterations to the exterior of the property have been sensitively designed with the host building in mind.”

She said the cash machine would be of benefit to store customers and those passing by. A security light and CCTV camera would be installed above it, but would not affect the ‘form, scale or appearance of the host building’.

Other applications included installing six bollards, as well as two fan condensers and three ground-standing air conditioning units to the rear of the building. National planning rules enable the pub to be changed into a shop without permission from the district because it is classed in the same category of uses.

The site is on the northern side of Barnham Road, close to its junction with Saxby Close and directly opposite the train station. The application does not state the store’s intended opening hours.

The village already has a Co-Op, as well as the Barnham Trading Post.

There are also other retail units as well as take-aways and a bank.

The applications can be viewed at www.arun.gov.uk.