A company wants to demolish and redevelop one of its garden centres.

Hillier has put forward proposals to knock down its site in Chichester and replace it with a larger store alongside car parking, access and servicing arrangements.

“The development would deliver a high quality centre that aligns with Hillier’s environmental policy and provides a much-needed expanded service offer to the community,” plans state.

The expansion would widen the variety of products on offer and create more jobs and apprenticeships, the company said.

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A new community space and restaurant are included in the plans.

“The plans would deliver a range of benefits to the community and the economy, creating a significant number of jobs on site, and further down the supply chain, as well as social value schemes,” Hillier said.

“Hillier has pledged to provide apprenticeships, training programmes and skills exchanges to the local community.

“The plans would expand the current services and the range of goods available, making the centre more attractive as both a retail and leisure destination. In addition, this could include EV charging points, a community space and a restaurant.”

The company has launched a consultation on the plans and people have until June 7 to comment.