New era for Midhurst sport

Members of Midhurst Bowls Club in front of their present pavilion
Members of Midhurst Bowls Club in front of their present pavilion
  • Affinity Sutton has applied for planning permission to build on the present home of the Midhurst Bowls Club
  • If they get the go ahead the Bowls Club will have the money to buy a new home across the road next to the Tennis Club
  • The bowls club already has permission to build a new pavilion and green there

A NEW era for sport in Midhurst is dawning as the tennis and bowls club look set to buy the school playing fields in June Lane.

The tennis club has leased, for many years, the land owned by St Margaret’s Convent.

If all goes well we hope to have it all ready for the start of next season

But now the bowls club is preparing to leave its current site almost opposite the playing fields and move across the road and together the clubs will buy the land.

It is all dependent on Affinity Sutton getting planning permission for eight homes on the current bowls club green, but pre-planning discussions have been favourable.

Chairman of the bowls club Howard Seymour said: “The whole thing depends on us getting the money for the present bowls club land, but everything is going well now and we hope the planning permission will go through and we can be in our new home for next season.”

The bowls club has already been granted planning permission for a new pavilion, green and six rinks on the playing field.

“If all goes well we hope to have it all ready for the start of next season,” said Howard.

The playing field will be owned jointly by the tennis club and the bowls club.

“We don’t have the legal agreement signed with the tennis club yet,” he said, “but we have ironed out every detail.”

One of the great advantages of the move, said Howard, was the fact the bowls club would finally have its own parking space.

It has always been a difficulty for the club with little car parking available in June Lane itself.

In addition the only access to the current site is via narrow steep steps.

In addition it will allow the club to improve its rink.

“Our present facilities are adequate,” said Howard, “but we can only play in one direction which is hard on the grass.”

Affinity Sutton submitted its planning application last week, to demolish the bowls clubhouse and build eight semi-detached houses with landscaping and ten parking spaces are proposed to serve the new development.

The parking would be accessed via Affinity Sutton’s adjoining development to avoid the use of June Lane.

The access from June Lane for pedestrians would be retained.

The proposed development site adjoins the former St Margaret’s Convent site fronting onto Petersfield Road where a major development has already taken place consisting of 86 homes.

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