Partnership approach secures residential planning permission for former West Park Hospital scheme in Epsom

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On behalf of the HCA, Crest Nicholson Ltd and Linden Homes, planning permission has been secured from Epsom & Ewell Council to allow development implementation of 369 new homes on the former West Park Hospital, Epsom. Affordable homes will represent 40% of the development.

It is clear that our collaborative approach was a key factor in obtaining planning permission. I’m delighted that we have succeeded in bringing this landmark development to the area.

Partnership approach secures residential planning permission for former West Park Hospital scheme in Epsom

On behalf of the HCA, Crest Nicholson Ltd and Linden Homes, planning permission has been secured from Epsom & Ewell Council to allow development implementation of 369 new homes on the former West Park Hospital, Epsom. Affordable homes will represent 40% of the development.

King Sturge, PRP Architects, PPS Group and Capita Symonds led the technical support to the clients, working together to secure this valuable planning permission for development in the Green Belt.

The negotiations with Epsom & Ewell Council resulted in an agreed masterplan that allows new homes to also be constructed in areas beyond the originally identified development envelope. The masterplan respects the original layout of the former hospital, retaining many of the existing buildings, conversion of the grade II listed water tower to apartments and the creation of three new urban squares.

Epsom & Ewell Council agreed the scheme was acceptable, having no adverse impact on the Green Belt and that the development solution is of the highest quality.

Over the course of lengthy negotiations and a dynamic consultation exercise, the layout of the development was subject to many iterations and refinements. Overall, this scheme will set a new benchmark for residential regeneration projects across the South East. The resulting development will be of the highest quality, utilising the best of the existing buildings for new housing set in a mature landscape.

John Foddy, Partner in the Residential Planning team of King Sturge said: “It is clear that our collaborative approach was a key factor in obtaining planning permission. I’m delighted that we have succeeded in bringing this landmark development to the area.”

Ian Bott, Associate Director PRP commented: "Opportunities like this are rare and require a rigorous but considered approach using the best attributes of the site to inform the design of the layout. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to develop the architectural style showcased in the retained Edwardian hospital buildings, enabling us to create a contemporary interpretation in the design of the new housing located in a parkland setting."

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