Residents hit out over King Edward VII Hospital planners’ roads ‘failure’

Campaigners who fought controversial plans to develop the former King Edward VII hospital at Midhurst have hit out over the failure of planners to demand the widening of access roads as a safety measure.

Now as construction gets under way and large vehicles use the drive daily, they say there is a ‘major road safety issue’.

Planning permission was finally granted for the development of the former hospital by the South Downs National Park Authority last November when City and Country was given the go- ahead to restore the historic hospital by building some 400 new homes.

West Sussex County Council’s (WSCC) highways officers had always stipulated there should be road widening along the Kings Drive entrance to the former hospital and also on all four corner of its road junction with the A286.

But it has emerged this condition was dropped shortly before planning permission was granted.

For full story see Midhurst ande Petworth Observer March 1