Three new housing developments have been given the go-ahead.

Metis Homes has been given planning permission for the sites in Easebourne, which will provide 58 new dwellings and commercial space over 12 acres, in partnership with the Cowdray Estate.

Each site will provide a selection of homes, from one- and two-bedroom apartments, through to two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. The three sites include the former Easebourne Primary School, land to the north of Egmont Road, and the Cowdray Works Yard.

Adam O’Brien, managing director of Metis Homes, said: “We are thrilled to have had all three of our detailed planning applications approved. Working alongside the team at Cowdray Estate is an honour and each development is focused on enhancing the legacy of high-quality development that the Estate has maintained through generations.

“Five of the 58 homes have been designed to Passivhaus standards, and a total of 20 homes will be designated for affordable housing to meet local needs.”

It has taken the development and design team three years of working alongside the local authority and all stakeholders to reach the milestone.


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The Argus: An artist's impression of the development site in Egmont RoadAn artist's impression of the development site in Egmont Road (Image: Metis Homes)

Lauren Cleghorn, property director for Cowdray Estate, said: “This is a major milestone in the living history of the Cowdray Estate. Each development will have a distinct design and feel yet will link together harmoniously adding to the legacy of the Estate.

“Our collaborative, overarching vision with Metis Homes is to bring new life to these parts of Easebourne, with sympathetic development which respects the unique built and natural environment of the village, by embracing a landscape-led approach to placemaking.”

Metis said the redevelopment of the Easebourne School site, which has been vacant for several years, will “embrace the core character” of the village and cultural heritage of the site, “revealing and safeguarding the significance of the former school and its listed buildings”.

The mixed-use Cowdray Works Yard development will “visually enhance “the built environment, influenced by local industrial heritage. On vacant land to the north of Egmont Road, a new residential development that “marries the existing settlement with the nearby post-war estate” will be created to provide much-needed new homes.