Our Society has always supported the principle of development for housing on the former ICI brownfield industrial site (more recently called Syngenta) just outside the village of Fernhurst, north of Midhurst. Together with Fernhurst Parish Council we have successfully campaigned for a continuous path to connect this site with the main village. There are a number of good features about this development, however we are disappointed that there are only 20% of affordable homes being allocated for this site.
This site was specified as an ‘exemplar renewable energy’ site in the National Park Local Plan . Out of the 210 homes 140 have been given permission to have wood burning stoves. Both Fernhurst Parish Council and the Society had campaigned against this, as we were concerned about the pollution from PM2,5, which is emitted by them and has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most serious air pollutant for human health.