The Council has decided to withdraw the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) issued for the former Rose and Young site in Caterham. This means the public inquiry into the Council’s application to acquire the former Rose and Young site using a compulsory purchase order, set by the Planning Inspectorate for 5 September, will not go-ahead .
The Council is confident the owner and Clarion Housing Group (CHG) are close to exchanging contracts. CHG is a company committed to providing affordable housing. The Council has granted permission for 48 units, with a supermarket on the ground floor. Substantial progress has been made by CHG to buy the site, together with significant work to demonstrate their scheme for affordable housing and a supermarket can be delivered.
The Council is keen to avoid the costs involved in preparing for the Public Inquiry which considers the CPO. The Council is also keen to avoid the delays which could be caused by going ahead with the Inquiry, such as waiting for the decision of the Secretary of State and the potential of a legal challenge.
However the Council will be monitoring the progress of this scheme carefully and is still committed to securing the redevelopment of the site. If progress is too slow, the Council will take any necessary action needed to ensure redevelopment takes place, including using another compulsory purchase order.
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: