National Park admits to a blunder over roof tiles at Midhurst headquarters

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THE South Downs National Park Authority’s new £3.9m headquarters at Capron House is once again at the centre of controversy after chief executive Trevor Beattie admitted the wrong tiles had been used on the roof.

It appears the blunder came to light on August 20 just five days after the Observer reported criticism of the modern tiles on the listed building.

Taking off the new tiles at Capron House.'''Picture by Louise Adams

Taking off the new tiles at Capron House.'''Picture by Louise Adams

The national park was accused of ‘rank hypocrisy’ as the planning authority “demanding conditions on other applications and not applying them to themselves.”

The tiles were being removed and replaced as the Observer went to press.

Mr Beattie claimed the error would not mean any additional cost to the authority and neither would it delay the completion of the refurbishment project.

He said: “The tiles used on the roof of Capron House were not those specified in the planning consent.

“As a planning authority we expect nothing but the highest standards from others and will deliver nothing but the highest standards ourselves.

“We have therefore asked that the tiles are replaced with those we initially specified, as soon as possible, at no additional cost to the SDNPA and no delay to the project.”

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer Thursday, August 29