The former Rose & Young site
Public inquiry date set for 25 April
On 25 April a government inspector will start a public inquiry to decide if Tandridge District Council should buy the former Rose & Young site in Caterham, to allow the site to be developed after lying empty for over 20 years.
The inquiry has been called as Caterham Properties Ltd, the owner of the site, objected to the legal notice which would have allowed Tandridge District Council to take ownership of the site using a Compulsory Purchase Order.
If the inspector agrees, the Council can buy the site, which would be at market value, it would be passed on to CoPlan Estates Ltd, so work on the hotel scheme can start. This will provide a Premier Inn hotel, a Beefeater Restaurant and a further retail unit for Caterham. CoPlan Estates Ltd and the Council are also continuing to try to buy the site directly from the owner. CoPlan Estates Ltd is underwriting the Council’s costs.
The site has been undeveloped for over 20 years and the Council wants to ensure redevelopment goes ahead, recognising residents and businesses are unhappy with the run down appearance of the land and building, as well as the site’s lack of contribution to the town centre economy. The inquiry is scheduled to last for four days.
Redevelopment of the former Rose & Young site in Caterham has been a long standing objective of the Council.
The privately owned site has remained unoccupied for many years and the Council, residents and businesses are unhappy with the run down appearance of the land and building as well as the lack of contribution to the town centre.
In 2015 the redevelopment of the former Rose and Young site, in Caterham, took a major step forward following the exchange of legal contracts between CoPlan Estates Ltd to provide a Premiere Inn hotel, a Beefeater Restaurant and a further retail unit. CoPlan Estates Ltd has submitted the planning application for the site.
In addition, the owner of the site, Caterham Properties Ltd also submitted a planning application for the site to provide flats with retail on the ground floor.
Both applications were given permission. As local planning authority the Council can consider two applications for a site and determine these using the policies in the local plan. It is entirely possible for more than one planning permission to exist for a site. Planning permissions are attached to the land, not to individuals.
To find out more about the two applications for the site please click on the links below: