Permission granted for 322 homes on the Surrey Green Belt

24/10/2008 (Source: Property Week www.propertyweek.com)

Housebuilders Crest Nicholson and Linden Homes have won planning consent for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council for 322 homes on the Green Belt in Surrey.

Plan are for the 322 new homes to be built in conjunction with English Partnerships, and will meet their 'Eco-homes Excellent' standard. Integral to the plan is the expanse of open green space at its core – this will be maintained as a public park, preserving the many mature trees. The high quality homes set within this Groupscape have been designed to create an attractive new residential area.

As well as providing private homes, 35 percent of the news home will be reserved for key workers and social housing. This initiative is in line with the government targets for providing affordable homes in the area. As part of the commitment to design and build the development to a high environmental standard, 20 percent of energy will be generated from onsite renewable sources.

Commenting on the approval of the planning application, David Ashworth, Regional Director, South-East at English Partnerships, said; “This application is evidence of English Partnerships’ commitment to quality in construction and design as well as achieving high environmental standards.

“We are looking forward to working with our development partners and the local community to transform this site into a truly sustainable new neighbourhood that will increase the number of much-needed affordable homes within the Epsom area.”

Prior to submitting the planning application, English Partnerships and its development partners consulted widely with the community to inform and receive input from local residents and stakeholders.

David Huggett of Crest Nicholson added: “We have worked hard to ensure that this scheme meets the aspirations of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and indeed all those who took the time to comment on the plans during consultation. We believe the approved scheme does this fantastic site justice.”

Paul Cooper of Linden Homes said: "The approved plans for St Ebbas are a true testimony to what can be achieved through consultation with the local community."

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