Chipstead Village


22/01084/F - Longshaw Stables Hazelwood Lane Chipstead

Conversion of the existing stable buildings into one 5-bedroomed single storey dwelling. Approved January 2023.

The CRA has the following comments:

The site is in the Elmore Pond Conservation Area and consists of a flint building facing onto Hazelwood Lane and a variety of other stable buildings around a central courtyard with a paddock area to the rear of the buildings on a boundary with Longshaw House and the Courtyard Theatre. The main flint building has been in a dilapidated and poor state of repair for many years and is currently listed as a dangerous structure.  Some remedial work had been completed in the last few years by the previous owners to try and secure the building but this was never completed and the building has further deteriorated. The site was sold at auction for development to the current owners.

The proposal is to demolish the current buildings and replace with a new single storey dwelling.  The design has tried to maintain as much of the original shape and character of the current flint buildings and their elevations as possible.  The application states an intention to recycle the materials from the site so that the buildings will be restored/rebuilt with existing materials or new materials to match, where they are too damaged; the newer elements being designed to blend with the existing.

A rebuild on this site in a like for like style would be a significant improvement to the current street scene for the village.

This will be a tricky location for traffic management and parking for building operatives and delivery vehicles during the demolition and rebuild process. A Construction and Transport Plan for the build would be helpful. Parking of construction vehicles is always a thorny issue when development is proposed locally.  It is important that there is a responsible person on the site to whom any local concerns or complaints during the build can be addressed and who is able to deal with them.  Neighbouring properties should be provided with these contact details.

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