Easebourne King Edward VII restoration in line for award

Looking out onto the demolition site C121478-2 Picture by  Louise Adams
Looking out onto the demolition site C121478-2 Picture by Louise Adams

THE controversial redevelopment of the former King Edward VII hospital at Easebourne has been shortlisted for a prestigious planning award.

The Royal Town Planning Institute has announced the scheme is in line for one of its 2014 planning excellence awards.

The scheme is one of a record number of entries this year when trophies in ten categories will be hotly contested by no less than 63 projects, consultancies and local authority teams.

The King Edward VII project faces stiff opposition from 11 other schemes in the ‘best planning for natural and built heritage’ category of the awards.

Competition includes the Stonehenge environmental improvement project submitted by Chris Blandford Associates, renewable energy supplementary planning guidance submitted by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery project at Woolwich submitted by Scott Brownrigg Planning.

The King Edward VII scheme has been submitted to the Royal Town Planning Institute by its developers City and Country and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Plans to restore Midhurst’s historic King Edward VII Hospital by building new homes around it were eventually given the go-ahead in November 2011 by the national park planning committee.

The original planning permission was for 79 assisted care units in a new building and 331 private market homes of which 148 were planned in the listed sanatorium building.

The listed chapel is being restored as a cafe and shop and the developers made a £100,000 contribution to primary school education and £800,000 for affordable housing to be built off the site.

There have been several minor amendments to the original plan during development over the past three years.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Shaw Theatre in London on June 23.