An application has been put in to convert Castlefield House, an office building opposite Reigate Town Hall, into 41 flats.
The plans are for 12 two-bed, 26 one-bed, and 3 studio flats.
Parking provision will be 94 spaces, with 41 bicycle spaces also being provided.
Legal & General Investment Management’s application asks the borough council to confirm that prior approval is not required to change the use of the building.
A letter from agent Rolfe Judd argues the scheme is within national permitted development rules for such office to residential conversions.
Under those rules, councils can generally only require prior approval for issues relating to transport and highways, site contamination, noise and flooding risk.
Rolfe Judd’s letter addresses these topics, as well as saying that the site is not in a conservation area.
It appears from published guidance that affordable housing requirements wouldn’t apply here, as this is permitted development, but some level of Community Infrastructure Levy might be payable. However reigate.uk hasn’t checked with the council.
The building is currently occupied by international firm Willis Towers Watson, who also use an adjacent building. A spokesperson for the company said earlier this week:
“Willis Towers Watson has a lease on Castlefield House that runs until 2019 and plans to be there long-term after that. The company is fully committed to Reigate.”
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