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Green light given for 23 new affordable homes in Epsom Downs

Planning consent has been secured by national property consultancy Carter Jonas on behalf of Raven Housing Trust for the delivery of 23 affordable homes at Chavecroft in Epsom Downs. Consent was granted subject to the signing of S106 by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council on 9 June. 

Chavecroft – a two-storey apartment block – was first developed in the 1960s as sheltered accommodation for the over 60s and forms part of an established housing estate. The building comprises a mix of one-, two- and three-bed flats and has previously been used as temporary housing for families awaiting a permanent home. However, it no longer meets the required quality standards and has subsequently been left underutilised. 

Following the approval of the proposed redevelopment plans, the existing building will be demolished to make way for two new blocks comprising 23 affordable properties for rent between them. There will be five three-bed houses, seven one-bed flats and eleven two-bed flats, along with 33 new parking spaces to add to the 11 existing spaces, plus five new garages. The new development will also include private amenity spaces for the residents’ use, and improvements to the existing open spaces.

Jessica McSweeney, partner at Carter Jonas, said: ‘The quality of the existing accommodation on this site was no longer fit for purpose and was in desperate need of investment. We were delighted to work with Raven and help achieve planning permission for a high quality, 100% affordable scheme which will provide homes to those who would otherwise be priced out of the local market.”

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