Walnut Tree Close, Guilford

Site: 170 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford

Client: Gleeson Developments Ltd

Walnut Tree Close, Guilford

ARP was successful in securing full planning permission under officers’ delegated powers for the residential redevelopment of a former commercial site within the urban area of Guildford.

The existing warehouse unit had been vacant for many years and the site had fallen into disrepair to the detriment of the surrounding area. Detailed evidence was submitted to the Council to demonstrate that a retained employment use had been fully explored without any viable alternative being forthcoming, largely due to the building’s poor quality and the availability of better located modern premises. The case was successfully made that the proposal was in line with national planning guidance which advises Local Authorities to take a flexible approach in allowing the loss of employment sites, particularly where there is an identified need for additional housing, which is the case in Guildford Borough.

ARP worked closely with the Council’s Officers and Amasia Architects to propose a high quality, contemporary residential development for this prominent, brownfield site. The scheme comprises 68 flats with a fully policy compliant provision of 24 affordable units which will make a valuable contribution to local housing needs. Given the site’s highly sustainable location close to the railway station and the provision of car club spaces, a parking provision below the Council’s maximum standards was found acceptable.