This pre-application consultation relates to draft proposals for the redevelopment of The Cobblers site on Hayes Lane, Slinfold, West Sussex, to provide 12 new modern and affordable flats together with associated landscaping and car parking. The new flats will replace the current 17 retirement flats, which are outdated, many of which have shared bathing facilities.
It is our intention to submit a planning application by the end of November/beginning of December 2020.
Saxon Weald is a local housing association providing more than 6700 homes across Sussex and Hampshire. It is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, with the money made from rents being re-invested in the management, maintenance and building of homes. Saxon Weald is regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing.
The emerging development proposals presented to you have been designed as a result of a detailed analysis of the site and surroundings and pre-application conversations with Horsham District Council and Slinfold Parish Council. We are currently undertaking an Online Public Exhibition to share our draft proposals with you and seek your feedback prior to finalising the proposals and submitting a full planning application to Horsham District Council.
The site, The Cobblers, was previously used for a retirement scheme comprising of 17 retirement homes with access provided directly from Hayes Lane. The previous residents of the complex are now settling into their new homes and the current site now stands empty and ready for redevelopment.
The Cobblers site on Hayes Lane is currently identified for redevelopment in the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2031 (Policy 10) and the details can be viewed on the parish council’s website. Saxon Weald’s proposals for the redevelopment of the site would provide a suitable mix of dwelling types and sizes to meet the needs of current and future households.
The draft development proposals have evolved from a detailed site analysis and evaluation of the site opportunities and constraints which has determined the likely form and amount of development. To date, the draft site layout has been influenced by the position of the established surrounding properties to preserve the character of the site and its contribution within the street scene. The proposal for the redevelopment of the site therefore proposes the replacement of the 17 existing retirement flats with 8no. new 1-bedroom flats and 4no. 2-bedroom flats in three blocks, (as shown in the plans linked above) and follows the existing pattern of development, informed by running parallel to Hayes Lane and Greenfield Road.
The layout of the new dwellings aims to minimise overlooking of neighbouring gardens by orientating windows and balconies away from there where possible and providing obscure glazed and fixed windows where appropriate.
It is proposed to develop the area of existing garages, which are currently under-utilised, to provide parking for the scheme and by orientating units 11 and 12 outwards to ensure the proposal does not turn its back on this area of the site.
As with the proposed site layout, the scale of the proposed units has been appropriately designed to create a scheme which is sympathetic to the size and proximity of the existing nearby houses and landscape context. The proposed scale relates well to the existing building, but by its nature is more broken up. Roof pitches are also reflective of those similarly found within the surrounding area. The proposed materials for the site have also been carefully selected to be good quality, robust and durable whilst being sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area.
The landscaping strategy for the site has been carefully designed to be easily maintainable and accessible for all users with all hard landscaping designed to be firm of ground with no loose gravel, whilst soft landscaping has been designed to include as much greenery and planting as possible to encourage biodiversity and wildlife.
We are mindful of the effect the development may have on local residents. Our architects have taken great care when planning the new development to ensure the impact that the final buildings have on neighbouring properites is kept to a minimum.
If you would like to provide comments on the draft scheme, please complete one of the provided feedback forms and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the postal address provided at the bottom of this page. Any comments you make at this stage will be read and considered prior to finalising the proposals.
Whilst we will accept all comments received up until the point of submission, following feedback from residents we have decided to extend the formal deadline for the return of feedback until 25th November 2020. The website will now remain live until this date.
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Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact WYG via email using the email address provided.
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