Midhurst gateway looks like a ‘building site’


Concern has been voiced over a mysterious fence erected on the Petersfield Road entrance to Midhurst.

Vice chairman of the council, John Quilter told fellow members of the planning committee: “This is a very sensitive approach into Midhurst and at the moment it looks like a building site with the fencing there. It is absolutely dreadful and detracts from the landscape.”

Town councillors believe the land is common land and are now hoping to enlist the support of the Midhurst Society to take action and remove what they see as an ‘urban threat’.

Planning committee chairman Gordon McAra said the area had been subject to planning applications for a single storey house in the back garden of a detached home in Elmleigh.

The proposals involved the creation of a new vehicular access to the A272 to serve the new house.

A plan submitted in 2010 was withdrawn after comments raised by planning officers. A revised plan was never registered and a third plan submitted last year was refused because the South Downs National Park Authority considered the principle of building a house on the site to be ‘unacceptable’.

Mr McAra said the town council had ‘vehemently opposed’ the plan because it would ‘introduce an urban element to the entrance to Midhurst’.

“CDC planning officers inspected the fence and concluded it did not breach planning regulations.” He said if the applicant maintained the land for 11 years they could claim ownership, but the town council could make a counter claim as a more relevant owner.

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