Masterplan for two ‘tatty’ Midhurst sites

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A MASTERPLAN for two adjoining overgrown sites in Midhurst which includes housing, employment and community space, is being developed.

Chairman of the council’s planning committee Gordon McAra and fellow councillors David Coote and Brendan Flynn have been working on plans to improve what they called the ‘tatty’ sites at the former brickworks and the West Sussex County Council highways depot off Bepton Road.

Mr MrAra told members of his committee: “We have put together an indicative masterplan so we have something on paper which we have shown to the South Downs National Park and the response from them as been very positive.

“The plan solves the problem of having these tatty sites and gives a planning gain to the down and the park.

“We have spoken to the owners, Cowdray Estate and the county council and got them on board to see how we can take the development forward in partnership.”

He said the sites could provide space for between 40-60 houses which he hoped would be of a high ecological and sustainable standard.

It would also provide room for some 25 small industrial units for ‘one man band’ operations.

In addition West Sussex County Council would be able to extend its waste disposal site and there could be a small highways depot for salt and other winter materials.

There would be a new access road to the site, he told councillors and community land.

“We originally thought about an orchard, but the national park has suggested allotments.”

It has also been suggested that the two ponds on Midhurst Common could become a nature reserve.

“This has got potential,” said Cllr McAra, “we would have a solution to two problems we have in the town. These two grotty sites would be turned into housing and employment and would look much better than they do now.”

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