Rusper nunnery to be refurbished

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FARM buildings at Rusper Nunnery will be redeveloped after planning permission was approved.

Earlier this month, members of the Horsham District Council planning committee agreed for the restoration of a listed building, the erection of two stable blocks and the refurbishments of other buildings to be used for farming.

Local member Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper and Colgate) said, although there were concerns from neighbours she ‘welcomed the application’ because the plans had taken some time to come to committee.

The committee had received four letters of objection objecting to the use of private roads for constriction vehicles while the work was being carried out and they supported they supported plans for the new spur road of the nunnery driveway to Horsham Road.

Dean Smith, estate manager at Rusper Nunnery said the village estate played an important role in village life.

He told the committee: “The owners want to be a part of the local community and, through me, have funded refurbishment of the school bell tower and we also plan to have the children come to the estate to carry out nature and science projects.

“The estate now employs four local people, 90 per cent of the contract work is done by local companies, the planned work will be put out to tender to local companies and built using local materials.

“I believe we are and have been good neighbours and during this process I have had at least a dozen formal and informal meetings to discuss any concerns.”

He added that 12 acres of flowers, an orchard, 100 native trees and 2,500m of hedging, 102 acres of grassland as well as 80 acres of woodland will remain.