South Downs National Park officers recommend thumbs up for King Edward VII Hospital plan at Midhurst

Campaigners fighting the controversial proposals to restore Midhurst’s historic King Edward VII hospital were horrified this week after a ‘U-turn’ by South Downs National Park planning officers.

After members threw out the original plans on their recommendation, earlier this year, they are now asking them to approve revised proposals when they meet to make a decision on Monday (November 14).

The news has come as a bitter blow to objectors, who are planning a fierce fight.

Ian Heustice, chairman of Easebourne Parish Council, said: “My reaction to this recommendation is one of utter disbelief. I am shocked by the apparent about turn of the SDNPA officers.

Full story in the Observer today (November 10)