New life to be breathed into historic Easebourne building

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A fire-ravaged building at Easebourne is to be reconstructed by the Cowdray Estate.

Lord Cowdray’s agent, Robert Windle, is seeking planning consent for the works to the listed Snowhill House at the junction of Wheelbarrow Castle and the A272.

Six people escaped unhurt when fire ripped through the eastern end of the property in the early hours of October 30 last year.

Three of the four flats at Snowhill House were occupied by Polish employees of the Contract Candles factory and shop at Fernhurst.

The company leased them from the estate and the latter immediately found the affected families temporary accommodation elsewhere.

The house is currently wrapped in covered scaffolding awaiting the outcome of the planning application which has been submitted to Chichester District Council.

It proposes demolition of parts of the damaged property, and its reconstruction so that it can be returned to residential use as four flats, with improvements.

The application documents say it originally had little or no thermal insulation and was heated by electric storage heaters.

“Adequate thermal insulation will be incorporated within the new construction and new gas, water and central heating will be provided to each unit.

“Low-energy light fittings will be installed throughout,” the statement adds.

A new roof structure incorporating steel frames will support a new roof and retain the original appearance.

Full story in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer February 2