MIDHURST town councillors have given the thumbs-up to a development that would see 20 new houses built in Lamberts Lane.
An application has been submitted to the South Downs National Park - the planing authority - for a redevelopment of part of the former Midhurst Grammar School site.
The planning application, submitted by developers Oakford Homes, is to demolish all the former Midhurst Grammar School buildings at the back of Capron House and the Memorial Hall and build new homes.
All on site buildings would be knocked down, making way for 20 new dwellings, with car and cycle parking, vehicle and pedestrian access points off Lamberts Lane, an estate road, landscaping, amenity space, footpath links and new pedestrian footway along part of Lamberts Lane.
At present the site is a tarmac car park and a quadrangle of abandoned classrooms built around a grass courtyard.
Councillors felt ‘generally positive’ about the proposed development, which they say is ‘sympathetic to its surroundings’.
In a planning meeting, councillors said they particularly appreciate the fact that it is not a gated development, includes pedestrian as well as vehicular access, and includes adequate parking for residents’ and visitors’ cars and bicycles.
Councillors noted the proximity to the town centre would have a positive impact on local businesses.
The entire site - spanning the rest of Lamberts Lane - could be set to be transformed.
The adjacent Whiphill farmhouse has been given permission to become a field study centre and the farm buildings have been turned into a youth centre and a home for Midhurst Nursery Class youngsters.
The northern end of Capron House and the Memorial Hall are set to become the new headquarters for the South Downs National Park Authority and further along the lane, the old tennis courts and Lucas House are now sports pitches.