St Margaret’s Convent School site plans on show

Members of the public will get a chance to see plans for the future of the former St Margaret’s Convent School at a public exhibition in Midhurst on May 25.

At a special presentation to Midhurst town councillors developers King Surge and Affinity Sutton unveiled their outline proposals for the prime town centre site of two acres which stretches between Petersfield Road and June Lane.

The plan is to provide a mix of affordable housing for rent and part-buy, part-rent as well as housing for older people, flats and houses for sale on the private market.

Representatives from Affinity Sutton, one of the biggest providers of affordable housing in the country, told the briefing there were no firm plans drawn up yet and the design of the development was still evolving.

Vehicular access is planned from Petersfield Road only with pedestrian and cycle access from June Lane.

The listed Regency Villa building is to be retained and developers envisage landscaping around it and providing public open space there.

They are considering some 20 houses, 30 flats and 40 sheltered flats.

They propose demolishing the boundary wall along Petersfield Road and putting up new buildings replicating the facade of buildings already on the south side.

Affinity Sutton are setting up a website and will be sending out a newsletter.