Chavecroft update

Background:

Chavecroft is part of an established housing estate and consists of a block of studio flats built in the 1960s as specialistaccommodation for the over 60s.

Approximately 12 years ago the sheltered residents were gradually rehoused as the properties were no longer suitable for this client group.

Over the last seven years, the bedsits were offered to residents on a temporary basis, to those awaiting permanent accommodation from the council.

This arrangement has been far from ideal. The maximum occupancy for the bedsits is only three people, due their size. And households have struggled to fit a bed and a cot into the main living/sleeping space. The properties have become increasingly over occupied with household sizes increasing, whilst they have been waiting for a move to permanent accommodation.

Going forward

The project brief was to deliver a highly energy efficient building powered by renewable energy sources as part of our a net zero carbon strategy.

This is likely to take the form of full volumetric construction or SIPs Panelised manufacture and use of ground source heat pumps, in place of gas central heating.

Modern Methods of Construction lends itself well to the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) which ensures information about design, specification and compliance is created in a suitable format so that better decisions can be made throughout the construction process, as well as giving our asset team full knowledge of how to operate and maintain the finished buildings.

Scheme proposal   

We liaised regularly with Reigate and Banstead Council and local councillors as the scheme design progressed. A pre application meeting was conducted with the council planning officer on the 26th August 2020.

A virtual stakeholder consultation take place on the 6th October via Zoom. This was recorded to enable all stakeholders to watch the recording at a time most convenient for them. Raven was open to comments for several weeks after the consultation. As result some minor alterations were made such as changes to a refuse location and redesign of the balconies to the flats.

Planning submission was made on the 15th January 2021, the submission was to demolish the existing building and provide 23 new homes in a mix of houses and flats. (5 x 3 bedroom houses,  7x 1 bedroom flats, 11 x 2 bedroom flats). All to be provided for affordable rent.

The scheme includes 56 car parking spaces, including the re-provision of 12 spaces for existing residents of Chavecroft Terrace. A further 44 spaces are being provided for the new homes, which includes a garage of an appropriate size and parking space for the houses.

Planning committee reviewed the application on the 9th June with Raven being successfully granted full planning permission for the new development proposal.

Raven are now undertaking a tendering process to appoint a contractor to conduct the redevelopment, once an appointment has been made further details will be published on our website.