New fast-food chain plans to move into Chichester’s former Pizza Hut restaurant approved

Plans for a new Canadian fast food chain to open in Chichester has been approved by Chichester District Council.

Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest quick-service restaurant chain, will replace the former Pizza Hut restaurant at Chichester Retail Park, in Portfield Way, which closed in December 2020.

The application had been approved last year but the new application was submitted due to the boundary of the property changing.

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The applicant TH UK & Ireland Ltd had proposed to create a drive-thru lane and make alterations to the car park layout and servicing arrangements.

Plans for a new Canadian fast food chain to open in Chichester has been approved by Chichester District Council. SUS-220221-145300001

It had also requested permission to install replacement advertisements, upgrade the facades of the building to provide a service window and ‘improve the external appearance of the premises’.

Chichester City Council had objected to the plans due to ‘concerns that another drive through facility in this small area will exacerbate the existing problem with cars queueing onto the highway at peak times.

The plans have been approved with a section 106 agreement which means that the developer must take measures to reduce their impact on the community for it to be built.

A spokesperson for Tim Horton’s had said: “This planning application seeks to improve consumer choice on the site by providing a drive-thru facility for those customers seeking to purchase food and / or drink to take away.

Plans for a new Canadian fast food chain to open in Chichester has been approved by Chichester District Council. SUS-220221-145115001

“It will also bring about much needed investment during the construction phase and upon occupation of the unit by Tim Hortons, local employment opportunities will be created.”

When asked when the chain would be opened in Chichester the spokesperson said that they ‘hoped to open the store as well as many others in the UK as soon as possible’.

To view the application visit Chichester District Council’s planning portal using the reference 21/01309/FUL

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