Midhurst’s wish list for future planning

Walkway could include scenic view of Cowdray Ruins
Walkway could include scenic view of Cowdray Ruins
  • Midhurst would like its settlement boundary extended so that the brickworks site can be developed
  • It is the last major development site in the town
  • Town councillors want to see a mix of houses, employment and amenity land take shape there

A PLEA for the Midhurst settlement boundary to be extended so that its last remaining big site can be developed, has gone to the South Downs National Park Authority.

The plea is part of the town council’s response to the public consultation on the park’s emerging Local Plan.

The plan sets out ‘preferred options’ on a raft of issues including housing, recreation, employment and commerce across the park.

Midhurst town councillors want to see the large site at the former brickworks and highways depot off Bepton Road developed in a ‘coherent and integrated manner.’

They would like to see housing, employment use, amenity land, small highways depot and a bigger waste depot developed there.

Town councillors have asked for one to two bedroomed houses on the site: “meeting a very strong demand for such housing in the local area.”

They also want to see a mix of orchard, allotments or play area provided as amenity space on the site.

A tweaking of the town’s settlement boundary at Lamberts Lane has also been recommended to include the former tennis court and give a bigger development site including the youth club and the former WI building.

The possibility has been raised of a tourist caravan and camping site on part of the former caravan site at The Fairway earmarked for housing.

An ambitious project to reinstate the 18th century canal basin at The Wharf as a tourist asset has also been put forward together with the development of more housing there.

Despite the recent setback over plans for Waitrose town councillors have reiterated their desire to see a supermarket built on the site next to the Grange.

They also request “the Frazer Nash site on Bepton Road be designated for mixed retail and housing development and the Old Court House site in Grange Road be designated for housing.”

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