More talks urged over Midhurst Bowling Club homes plan

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Further talks are being recommended between developers and Chichester District Council planning officers over proposed new homes at the Midhurst Bowling Club.

Midhurst town councillors deferred a discussion on the controversial plans for five new homes after neighbours turned out in force earlier this month to object.

They said the scheme would increase parking and traffic nightmares and the houses proposed would dominate the street scene.

The housing scheme would give the bowling club funds to move across the road in June Lane and develop state-of-the-art facilities alongside the tennis club and at the eleventh hour the developers produced a revised scheme which they said lowered and reconfigured the houses so they had less impact.

Mark Purves said: “There is no doubt this is an improvement but having been to the site, I am not entirely convinced five properties is going to work. It’s too much for the size.”

Planning committee chairman Gordon McAra said he had no problem with the entrance or the principle of development but he still had concerns about the height of the homes.

The committee decided to recommend continued talks to agree a development of four or five houses of the appropriate mix.

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