Easebourne is still concerned over hospital site

Easebourne parish councillors have re-stated their objections to new plans to build more houses at the former King Edward VII Hospital saying their previous objections are ‘even more strongly held than before’.

Plans from developer – City and Country – to restore the listed historic buildings by building 240 new homes were supported by Chichester District Council (CDC) last month despite a recommendation from its officers to refuse.

Officers told CDC members they were not convinced there was sufficient certainty that the scheme would be delivered. The district valuer had advised the number of new homes proposed to pay for the historic building restoration would leave a funding shortfall of up to £35m.

Now the developer has submitted further plans to build another 25 houses, 34 apartments, maintenance building and underground parking. It says it has submitted the plans to provide for the extra homes considered necessary by CDC and English Heritage to reduce the shortfall, but it remained confident it could deliver the original application.

The final decision will be made by the new National Park Authority.