The Council is delighted to learn the owner of the former Rose and Young garage site in Caterham and Clarion Housing Group (CHG) have exchanged contracts for the sale of the site.
Clarion Housing Group is a company committed to providing affordable housing. They have planning permission for 48 dwellings, with a supermarket on the ground floor. The exchange of contracts is a significant step forward in the Council’s ambition to get this valuable town centre site back in use and contributing to the town.
The Council will be monitoring the progress of this scheme carefully and is fully committed to securing the timely redevelopment of the site. At the Resources Committee it was agreed that if insufficient progress was made by CHG, the Council will take any necessary action 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: