New housing development residents told to ‘park in Midhurst town centre car parks’

Parking at the new development
Parking at the new development
  • Residents of the new housing development in the former St Margaret’s Convent at Midhurst say there is a severe lack of car parking on the site
  • They say they have been told to part in surrounding roads and the town’s car parks
  • Midhurst town councillors say this is unacceptable

RESIDENTS at the new housing development in Petersfield Road claim they have been told to park in surrounding roads or the town’s car parks if they cannot find space near their homes.

Now they fear their parking nightmare will be made worse by plans for an extension of eight more new houses.

We are trying to support a vibrant town-centre economy and if they are being used by overspill parking from a private development, it is not acceptable.”

And Midhurst town councillors, who are concerned about the apparent shortage of parking space on the former St Margaret’s Convent site, are seeking an explanation.

Chairman of the planning committee Gordon McAra said he believed the problem had been caused because part of the development was intended for sheltered homes for older people developers said would not have cars.

“Somewhere in the process there was a change of use to affordable homes and no-one thought about the parking.”

He said he believed part of the blame lay with the South Downs National Park Authority which had permitted the changes.

He added: “It was the first major application they dealt with and it hasn’t worked very well.”

Vice-chairman of the council John Quilter proposed councillors write to developers Affinity Sutton and to the national park, asking why residents were being told to park in nearby roads and the town’s car parks.

“That to me, is not acceptable behaviour if it is the case. The car parks get extremely busy. We are trying to support a vibrant town-centre economy and if they are being used by overspill parking from a private development, it is not acceptable.”

He wanted to know what was being done by developers to improve parking on their site.

A spokesman for Affinity Sutton said: “As part of our planning application we submitted a transport statement which demonstrated the transport impacts of the new development.

“The conclusion of the statement is the additional eight homes will not adversely affect the highway and transport infrastructure when taking into account the newly-created accesses on to Petersfield road via the new St Margaret’s school development and the improved bicycle route into the town centre.

“Parking provision of ten spaces for eight new homes is in line with highway parking policy. It is recognised June Lane has issues over parking and the amount of traffic.

“The new development will be accessed off Petersfield Road and the relocation of the bowls club further along June Lane with off-street parking can only benefit the lane, as the existing club facility has no off-street parking.”

The South Downs National Park Authority declined to comment.

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