The two-acre site, off Westhampnett Road, is owned by Chichester District Council and is being developed in conjunction with Brookhouse Group Limited.

The new 23,000 square feet/2,136 metre square store will replace Lidl's existing, smaller store on Portfield Way.

It will be accessed via a new roundabout, which will be built close to the junction with Church Road. The roundabout will also provide access for future phases of development on the remainder of the Barnfield site, as well as unlocking further residential development off Church Road.

Deputy Chief Executive of Chichester District Council, Paul Over, says: "We are really excited to see this next stage of the development proceed. It continues the success of the previous phase on Barnfield Drive and will create many new jobs.

"The development also brings this unused land back into use and will help generate vital income for Chichester District Council. This will go into protecting frontline services for residents across the district and ensure financial stability for the council."

The build and fit out of the new store is expected to take around 10 months, with a view to opening in early 2020. Significant highway works will also be carried out to improve accessibility and traffic flow in the area, with efforts made to minimise local disruption.

The multi-million pound investment will create dozens of construction jobs plus around 40 full and part-time positions when the supermarket opens.

Lidl UK's Regional Head of Property, James Mitchell, said: "There's been much anticipation for this new Lidl store and it's great that we are now in a position to break the ground and start the build. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we enter this next phase of the development."

Date of Release: 20 March 2019                           

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