Concern over loss of office space in Midhurst


CONCERN has been voiced over the loss of office space in Midhurst after a change of use planning application above a shop in the town centre.

Members of Midhurst Town Council’s planning committee were discussing a plan to change the use of existing offices on the first floor above Stockley Trading in North Street.

Chairman of the committee Gordon McAra told fellow councillors: “We have lost some 24 offices in the town in the last couple of years, principally for housing.

“This is because the government has made the ability to change from offices to housing more easy. But there comes a point where we will run out of offices.”

He said among offices lost were blocks at Peachey House and Hatton House in Bepton Road as well as the ‘ big chunk’ of space formerly a solicitors office in Market Square.

In addition an office at Eagle House had now become a shop.

“We need to keep a very close eye on this,” Mr McAra warned “and judge everything on its planning merits and the wider issues.”

Town councillors decided not to raise an objection to the plan for two one bedroomed flats above Stockey Trading.

Town councillor Jeanette Sutton pointed out: “We desperately need that sort of accommodation in Midhurst.”

But the town council is to ask Chichester District Council for a list of all office space in Midhurst.”

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