Anger over ‘secret’ public gardens at Midhurst

Steve Morley in front of the high wall hiding the new gardens
Steve Morley in front of the high wall hiding the new gardens

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development in Midhurst has found itself at the centre of new criticism after failing to open promised public gardens.

Affinity Sutton has been accused of appearing to ‘renege’ on part of its planning deal.

Town councillors say they believe the gardens were required as part of planning consent for a mixed development of affordable and private homes on the site of the former St Margaret’s Convent in Petersfield Road.

The gardens now lie behind a high wall and have been described as the town’s ‘secret gardens’.

Town councillor Steve Morley said: “I always understood they would be available to the public and will be extremely disappointed if the developer reneges, leaving Midhurst residents fully justified in feeling misled.”

The new housing development has already been labelled a ’monstrosity’ at the gateway to Midhurst and the South Downs National Park was accused of ‘incompetence’ in allowing it to go ahead in 2011. A spokesman for Affinity Sutton has said they are looking into the issue.

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