Former King Edward VII Hospital developers looking for ‘partners’ for the project

Developers who won planning permission to restore the historic King Edward VII Hospital, near Midhurst, by building homes around it, have announced they now want to take on ‘partners’ for the project.

City and Country have planning permission to convert the former main sanitorium into apartments, and turn other buildings into 30 houses and apartments. They also have consent for new build assisted care living units and another 50 apartments and 108 houses to be built in the least sensitive areas of the estate.

But now the company says it wants to find partners to take on the new homes and a specialist to manage the assisted care scheme, while they concentrate on restoring and converting the historic buildings.

The announcement has renewed fears over the future of the controversial former hospital site.

Campaigners who fought a bitter battle against the plans are concerned developers may want to build even more new houses to fund the scheme.

They also want assurances the stringent conditions governing the development will be tight enough to ensure the restoration of the architecturally important buildings and the listed Gertrude Jekyll designed gardens.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer, April 5