Town and Country Planning

Redevelopment of Whiteley Village, Surrey

Whiteley Village is a unique planned 20th Century community, comprising alms houses designed by eminent architects of the period. This philanthropic village was built in the Arts and Crafts Style with the aim to provide a combination of different styles in one harmonious group. Comprising of cottages designed by some of the best architects of the day, the Village has probably the largest number of listed 20th Century buildings of any similar sized settlement in the country. The proposal incorporates the provision of an extra 44 care home units and a care hub which includes communal and ancillary facilities and 30 residential care home.

The Village is now owned by Whiteley Homes Trust, a charitable trust entirely for the benefit of its 500 or so elderly residents of limited financial means. The existing accommodation provides the equivalent of 24% of the sheltered housing stock for rent within Elmbridge Borough.

The works to Whiteley House will involve the complete renovation and re-organisation of the existing building to bring it up to modern standards, along with sensitive new build extensions to the roof and rear of the building, replacing less sympathetic modern additions with high quality new accommodation design to match the style of the original building. The approved scheme will result in a reduction in more expensive traditional care beds and an increase in the principle of supporting people in their own home.

In addition to Whiteley House being a listed property, the village is located within a Conservation Area and the Green Belt and is within 5km of an SPA. A number of trees within the grounds are protected by TPOs. Given the sensitivity of the site, the proposal was subject to a number of pre-app meetings with the LPA which influenced the final details including the overall design. The application was accompanied by a number of reports including those relating to the site’s heritage assets, landscape, ecology and flood risk.

The LPA concluded that the proposal would lead to a less than substantial harm to the significance of a designated heritage asset, and would deliver a wide range of public benefits including much needed care facilities.

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