THE next stage of development in the changing face of Midhurst’s Lamberts Lane came a step closer with the news West Sussex County Council is about to agree a deal to sell two high profile parcels of land.
Negotiations have been going on since 2012 when the county council decided to put the two sites - totalling just over an acre - up for sale.
One site was home to the tennis courts and a former Midhurst Grammar School building. The other was the former youth centre which also housed the Midhurst Nursery Class.
Both parcels of land were declared surplus to requirements thee years ago. The tennis courts and school building were abandoned after the building of the new Midhurst Rother College and the youth club building, well past its sell-by date, was closed with the opening of the new £600,000 purpose built facility in the grounds of Whip Hill Farmhouse barns at the other end of Lamberts Lane.
Shortly after it opened the Midhurst Nursery Class also moved into the new building.
Separating the two sites was the piece of land owned by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes on which sat the Midhurst WI building.
It was hoped that all three sites could be sold together and the proceeds divided between the WI and the county council, but after protracted negotiations agreement could not be reached.
In the event the WI land was later sold separately to the same developer in negotiation with the county council over the other two sites.
Now the county council has agreed to sell those two pieces of land subject to planning permission being granted for 24 new homes.
It will be the latest phase in a major change to Lamberts Lane which could see another 50 houses built along its length.
The new youth club has been open for almost exactly two years and the youngsters of Midhurst Nursery Class have also made themselves at home there.
On the northern corner of the lane, planning applications to the South Downs National Park Authority for a housing development of some 16 new homes in the abandoned school buildings have been in the pipeline for three years.
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