Edited extracts from draft minutes of the Planning Committee meeting on 11th March 2019.
Representations from the Public
Three representatives of Metis Homes, a housing developer, addressed the meeting. They are the Managing Director, Planning Director, and Communications Manager. They showed the Committee artists’ impressions of a proposed development in the rear gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Park Crescent, which would add seamlessly to the current Lamberts Lane development of 20 dwellings. This proposal is for 9 dwellings which would be accessed only through the Lamberts Lane development, and not via Park Crescent. They described the location and sizes of the dwellings, and answered questions about parking spaces. This is in the pre-application stage at the moment, and all immediate neighbours have been written to. They hope to submit the application in the coming weeks, with a view to starting work this summer. Mr McAra commented that this is one of the sites allocated by the SDNP and MTC for the building of homes. The Committee is minded to support this application when it is considered in the future.
One representative of Midhurst Bowls Club addressed the meeting. Tonight’s agenda includes the consideration of a new application by the Club for five homes to be built on its June Lane site in order to fund a new Club in a different location. He stated that the previous application was refused, and the Club appealed the decision. The Inspector recommended a redesign which they have implemented in this new application, in the hope that it will now be passed. He spoke of the immense benefits to be gained by the town due to a better and bigger location, with its own parking, helping alleviate parking problems on June Lane. Membership would grow and there will be more provision for both disabled and young players. He also stated that having 5 extra dwellings near the town centre will benefit the town.
SDNP/19/00832/FUL – Bowling Green June Lane Midhurst GU29 9EL Demolition of existing bowls club buildings and erection of 5 no. dwelling houses with associated landscaping and parking and creation of new vehicular and pedestrian access – revised scheme following appeal decision. There were no objections, on the conditions that there should be hedging retained on the frontage to June Lane, that the large tree in the corner should be retained, and that there should be an adequate planting scheme to ensure the area retains its countryside character.