South Downs Centre planned in Midhurst

Historic Capron House in Midhurst is set to take on a new role as Midhurst Rother College prepares to move out and the new South Downs National Park moves in.

The national park authority has agreed a £750,000 deal with the Gilbert Hannam Educational Foundation to buy the northern half of Capron House and turn it into a South Downs Centre providing office space for park officers, and a community hub for local people.

In addition Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle told the Observer the Cowdray Estate was in discussion with the educational foundation over the future use of the southern part of the building, which currently provides much-used community space downstairs and upstairs rooms are used by the college.

The southern half of Capron House is owned by the Cowdray Estate but managed by the Gilbert Hannam Educational Foundation on a long lease.

The national park, which has already handed over £75,000, hopes to complete the sale with the foundation in October and get work under way to restore the building and move officers in some time in the late summer next year.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer May 24