PLANS to redevelop the former Frazer Nash site in Midhurst look set to get the thumbs down at a meeting of the South Downs National Park Authority’s planning committee today (Thursday, February 13).
Members are due to debate plans from Current Asset Limited to demolish the existing industrial building and offices on the site and replace them with a mixed development for residential, retail, office and professional services use.
In their report to the committee planning officers said they considered the plan was ‘appropriate and sequentially preferable in this sustainable location in the built up area of Midhurst’ but they had concerns about the design.
Recommending the plan should be refused they said: “The proposed development by reason of its uncharacteristic form, scale, height, width and massing would result in a structure lacking in local character and distinctiveness that does not preserve or enhance the Midhurst Conservation Area or conserve or enhance the South Downs National Park.”
The site at the junction of Bepton Road and White City was home to the precision manufacturing company Frazer Nash until it moved its operation to Petersfield’s Vision Park some three years ago.
The proposal is to demolish the two-storey flat roofed commercial building known as Dundee House and built a structure with two interconnecting but distinctive parts.
It is proposed to use the southern part of the building for mixed retail and professional service on the ground floor with four open market one-bedroomed flats on the first floor.
The northern half of the building would house retail floor space on the ground floor and office space above.
To the north of the site, 18 car parking are planned together with a cycle stores for 16 cycles and space for parking a light goods vehicle.
The accesses for all the uses would be via three separate entries onto Bepton Road.
Midhurst town councillors had give their support to the plans. They had said: “Members are pleased to see this application would extend the retail offer in the town linking North Street shops with West Street.
“It was felt to be a high quality development which would be of benefit to the town commercially and mirror existing architecture.”