Planning permission has been granted for the erection of an apartment building comprising 9 x 2 bedroom apartments by the Development Control Committee at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Having originally obtained permission for a pair of detached dwellings on the same site the applicant recognised the sustainable location, combined with the size of the site meant that the land could be put to better use for apartments. Recognising a local need for residents to down size to large apartments rather than leave the area was also a key driver in proposing apartments.
The split-level Arts & Crafts design was created to address the topography of the site as well as break up the massing that is usually associated with larger apartments in the Borough.
The applicant was committed to the project which first began 6 applications previously in 2014 and needed to go to appeal before the principle of the design approach could be agreed. The application site lies within a Residential Area of Special Character and directly opposite the Kingswood Conservation Area. In addition, the protected trees within the site and access arrangements required specialist expert advice throughout the process. Technical issues relating to trees and highways were expertly handled by ACS Consulting and Preferred Partner, The Stilwell Partnership. Three other Preferred Partners were instrumental to the success of the project, including The Heritage Advisory, Petrow Harley and The Polygon Studio.