PLANS to demolish the two-storey industrial and office building on the former Frazer Nash site in Midhurst’s Bepton Road and build a mix of homes, shops and offices have been welcomed by Midhurst town councillors.
The precision engineering company left its Midhurst site in 2011 for an industrial park at Petersfield .
Looking at the proposal on Monday evening, members of the planning committee said the concept was ‘excellent’, but they would like to see some landscaping of the concreted site.
The plans have been submitted by developers Currentasset Limited for the Dundee House site in front of Budgens supermarket.
The proposal is to demolish the existing building and build a new purpose-built two-storey mixed development housing four apartments and offices at first-floor level over shops on the ground floor.
At the back of the site and under the building, developers are proposing associated parking, servicing and landscaped areas.
Presenting their design statement, developers said the present building made an ‘imposing but detrimental visual statement in Bepton Road between Dean House and the modern police station’.
“The redevelopment allows the opportunity to enhance the area with a modern, appropriately-designed replacement building respecting the building character of Midhurst and creating a street elevation that by its siting, scale and design will make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area.”
Gordon McAra told fellow members of the planning committee he believed some of the detail needed more work, ‘but the whole concept is excellent’.