A PLAN to build 55 new homes on the grounds of a large Victorian property has been given the green light despite objections from local residents.
Gemselect Ltd based in Battle submitted plans to turn the building on The Ridge into a new housing development with parking and access to the main road.
The project will see nine two bed houses, 33 three bed houses, seven four bed houses and six two bed flats built. Affordable social housing will make up 58 per cent of the homes.
The building was formely used as a care home for for people with learning difficulties and managed by Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust in London.
It is a major site of some several acres sandwiched between Elphinstone Road, The Ridge and the back of Sovereign Close.
The borough council’s planning committee received nine letters of objection including concerns about car parking, construction traffic, hours of working, overdevelopment of the site, traffic and pedestrian safety, impact on the character of the area, impact on the townscape views, suface water drainage and Badger protection.
Planning officer Sam Batchelor stated in his report to the committee: “The proposals represent an acceptable form of development on this allocated site which will strike a balance between making efficient use of land, providing a good quality mix of accommodation mix including family housing and responding to existing constraints such as ecology interests, topography and trees.”
Permission was granted with seven votes in favour and three abstentions.
Councillor Phil Scott asked for permission to be granted with consideration given to the provision of domestic fire sprinkler systems within the new properties. Cllr Scott and Cllr Michael Wincott recently launched an e-petition asking the government to consider legislation for all new build residential homes to be fitted with sprinkler systems as currently happens in Wales.