Housing

Housing is a national and a local priority, but building homes anywhere is always a challenge. Chelgate Local supports projects across the housing spectrum from large scale private development to regenerating town centres. Working with national housebuilders, leading housing associations and planning consultants, we have promoted new home schemes across London and the Home Counties, the South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Our programmes run from targeted political engagement, through to full programmes of awareness, consultation, engagement and stakeholder mobilisation.

Some of our more recent projects include:

Scape Living, Guildford, Surrey

The proposed development was for around 400 student rooms and a block of 85 co-living rooms for non-students in the centre of Guildford. Chelgate assisted with local community and political engagement. Co-living is a new concept, providing flexible, communal housing for young people which they would not otherwise have access to. Locating it next to student accommodation, with people of a similar age, is a logical approach which has attracted significant interest. The project achieved consent in 2018.

Britannia Road, High Halstow, Kent

A development of 68 on the edge of High Halstow, a village on the Hoo Peninsular in Kent for Redrow South East. Chelgate assisted with detailed political and community engagement including comprehensive canvassing around the site and engagement with health and education. The project gained consent from Medway Council in 2018.

Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex

This project saw Chelgate Local support Bellway in their regeneration of the former Royal Mail sorting office into over 200 new apartments, commercial units, a pocket park and highway improvements in the heart of Chelmsford city.

Chelgate led on the successful political and community engagement for the scheme, liaising with councillors, residents and local businesses to refine and improve the proposals. The project is now set to be considered by Chelmsford City Council before the end of 2018.

Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent

The regeneration a former paper factory to create a residential oasis in the heart of the town. The Whatman paper factory, originally established some 300 years ago, once employed over 1,000 people: it is an integral part of the history of paper-making. Redrow South East proposed a development of around 200 homes very much in keeping with the history of the site and the existing Listed buildings. Chelgate has assisted with political engagement and local community and stakeholder consultation for this historic site. Planning consent was given in 2018.

Warfield Park, Bracknell Forest, Berkshire

Chelgate assisted with the community and stakeholder engagement for an application for 82 park homes for award-winning Warfield Park, the UK’s second largest park home site. The proposed development was to be outside the settlement boundary and in the green belt, which is consistent with current planning regulations. It did, however, attract concerted opposition locally. The project gained planning consent in 2017.

Neopost House, Romford, London Borough of Havering

Chelgate provided Galliard Homes with political and community engagement for a planning application for a development of 123 homes and a health centre in Romford, Havering. Located around the historic Neopost House building, the proposed development will provide three blocks with affordable housing through social rent and shared ownership, as well as green recreation space for families.

Chelgate led on the extensive community and political engagement for the site, generating positive resident feedback and working with local councillors to agree wider improvements to the local area.

Ware Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire

A project to redevelop a former car garage into 34 new homes including 26 apartments and eight houses. The project, for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, was approved by East Hertfordshire District Council in 2016.

Nescot, Epsom, Surrey

Chelgate Local assisted Clarion Housing and Hill Residential with a planning application for a new residential development on land adjacent to Nescot, adjoining Reigate Road and the A24. Epsom and Ewell Council granted planning permission for 91 new homes on the site in 2016.

Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

A project to redevelop the former Affinity Sutton headquarters building on Elstree Way, Borehamwood, into 88 new luxury apartments. The project, for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, was approved by Hertsmere Council in 2016.

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