West Street Reigate

Permission granted at appeal for new care home in Reigate on edge of conservation area.

Description

Beacon Planning were appointed by Signature Senior Lifestyle Ltd in 2013 to join the project team as heritage consultants to secure planning permission for the development of a new care home for the frail and elderly.

The site shares a boundary with the Flanchford Road and Colley Lane Conservation Area, and is adjacent to a Building of Local Interest. It is currently occupied by three houses on generous plots. Given the site's proximity to these designated and non-designated heritage assets, it was important at the outset to understand the contribution that the site made to the significance of these assets. We prepared a heritage appraisal that set out this significance. This understanding was then used to inform the future development of the proposals and formed part of the application to the local planning authority. Once the plans had been finalised, we prepared a heritage statement. This built upon the appraisal and assessed the proposals against the heritage significance with reference to local and national heritage planning policy.

The proposals will see the demolition of the existing structures which are of no particular heritage interest or importance to the setting of adjacent assets. They will be replaced with a high quality, purpose built care home designed in a 'Norman Shaw' style so as to reference the Victorian mansion character of the conservation area. Although a large building by necessity, great care has been taken with its bulk and massing to ensure that it will be of an appropriate scale in the street scene and will not dominate the adjacent Building of Local Interest.

Its design was praised by the Inspector, who commented that the development "would be of a high standard of design that in character and appearance would complement the area". No heritage issues were raised by the Council in refusing the application, and the Inspector agreed that there was no harm to these heritage assets arising from these proposals.

Outcome

Planning permission was granted at appeal in May 2014.

 
ClientSignature Senior Lifestyle
AppointedFebruary 2013
Services providedAdvice  
BP teamJo Burton   Edward James  
ArchitectPRP Architects
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