Bronzeoak House planning application approved

Last night’s, full Council meeting agreed to a recommendation by the Planning Committee to grant planning consent to re-develop Bronzeoak House in Caterham to provide much needed affordable rented housing.

The development, which forms part of the Council’s Council Housing Building programme will provide affordable rented housing to applicants on the Council’s housing register who cannot afford to buy or rent on the open market. Twelve flats will be available to families and 14 flats to older people. The sheltered housing is designed to meet the needs of local older people including those looking to downsize from larger homes.

The development is designed as two buildings, one for sheltered housing and the other for the family accommodation. Each building will have its own entrance, parking, staircase and lift, while the sheltered housing will include a communal lounge and kitchen and mobility scooter storage.

The existing building has been demolished and the Council will now go out to tender to appoint a contractor to carry out the construction phase. The Council will work closely with the appointed contractor to make sure disruption to businesses and residents is minimised and access to facilities and services is maintained during the construction phase.

Chair of the Housing Committee, Councillor Liz Parker, said: “We are pleased this essential first step has been taken towards delivering more affordable and attractive rented homes for families and older people in Caterham. I’d like to thank Caterham Valley Parish Council and the local councillors who we consulted before drawing up these plans. This development demonstrates our commitment to our council house building programme and our aim as a Council to build 102 affordable homes over the next two years.”

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