New homes to be built in Midhurst

PLANS to build 20 new homes on the former Midhurst Grammar School site behind the Memorial Hall will be unveiled at a special presentation to town councillors on Monday.

Developers Oakford Homes will be outlining their proposals to the council’s planning committee as part of a consultation exercise before submitting the plans formally to the South Downs National Park Authority for their consideration.

The plan is to demolish the single-storey classroom buildings on the site which comprised the rear part of the old grammar school.

In their preliminary design and access statement the developers said: “An appraisal of the building heritage suggests that the existing school buildings are not significant heritage assets and can be demolished, and this has been confirmed by the South Downs National Park Authority.”

But the northern boundary has an original tall brick and flint wall attached to the grade II-listed building on the site.

The developers said: “The boundary wall to the north side of the site facing Lamberts Lane is of significance and is therefore to be retained subject to reduction in height and the introduction of gate openings.”

The development proposal is to replace the existing redundant school use of the site with residential use, and build blocks of homes to the north, west and south of the site, set around a central courtyard .

The plan is to provide six one-bedroomed flats, two two-bedroomed flats, two three-bedroomed houses, six four-bedroomed homes, two two-bed flats, and two two-bed houses.

“All units will be designed in the local traditional style to compliment the adjacent listed buildings and enhance Lamberts Lane,” say developers. “Materials will be local brick, stone and flint with slate and tiled steeply pitched roofs.”

Parking is to be provided in the middle of the site, giving a total of 32 spaces for the development.

A linking footpath is planned to the south east corner of the site offering direct access from the site to North Street, and car access will remain as at present. The buildings would be set back from the street with front gardens and Oakford Homes are planning to include green space within the site, both for public and private use.

The developers are also planning a public viewing of the plans as a consultation exercise on Thursday, April 25, at Capron House from 1pm–8pm.