Plans to restore Midhurst’s historic hospital site refused

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PLANS to restore Midhurst’s historic King Edward VII hospital by building new homes around it have been thrown out by the new planning authority, the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

But immediately after the meeting in a packed Cowdray Hall at Easebourne, developers City and Country Group warned they would appeal against the “highly unsatisfactory decision” and were confident they would win with costs awarded against the national park authority.

Managing Director Helen Moore lashed out at SDNPA members accusing them of ignoring the recommendations of Chichester District Council, Natural England and English Heritage who she said had all signalled their support for their proposals.

Full story in the Observer, on sale from Thursday, July 14.

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