Land near the offices where the Mid Sussex Times started in 1881 may be turned into a housing site, councillors decided.
Publisher and editor Charles Clarke brought out the first issue of the paper from Boltro Road in Haywards Heath and it rose from selling a few hundred copies to a peak of about 22,000 about 100 years later.
The paper moved in the 1990s to its current base at South Road, Haywards Heath.
Under a plan just approved, the front buildings at 17-21 Boltro will remain, but those behind would be demolished to make way for a five-storey block of 23 flats.
The application by Jemaclin to extend by three years a previous approval won approval by the North east area planning committee of Mid Sussex District Council last Thursday.
Under the new approval the amount of so-called “affordable” homes will drop from 100 per cent to 30 per cent.
The meeting heard that this change complied with current policy.
The firm will have to complete a legal agreement to pay contributions to services and agree the level of affordable housing.
The old Middy offices near the site were used for many years as a day school for youngsters with social, emotional and behavioural problems, but the school has since moved to near Market Place.
Under the scheme a central courtyard would separate the new block of flats from the existing buildings fronting Boltro Road.
Residents of ground-floor flats would have access to a private garden.
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